June 23, 2009

Plainville soldier's remains return home

The U.S. Army brought home a hero Tuesday.
Escorted by a few government cars and the police, the flag-draped coffin of Sgt. 1st Class Lincoln Clifford May of Plainville lay in the back of an O’Brien Funeral Home hearse as it drove the Korean War soldier’s remains back from the airport.
May, who died in 1950 during a ferocious battle with the Chinese Army in Korea, will be buried Friday near his family in Plainville’s West Cemetery.
The wake is slated to for 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with burial to follow.
May’s remains were among the boxes sent to the U.S. by North Korea in 1993. They were identified this year by comparing DNA to samples provided by two nephews, Glenn and Cliff Block of Bristol.
The funeral isn’t the only Korean War event this week.
The city’s Korean War veterans are marking the 59th anniversary of the start of the war with a ceremony on Memorial Boulevard at 11 a.m., Thursday.The ceremony will feature Bristol veteran Frank Parker talking about his experiences in combat during the Korean War in 1950 and 1951,A luncheon follows at the American Legion hall on Hooker Court. Korean War veterans are invited to attend.
To honor his uncle, Cliff Block said the Korean War veterans are raising money to purchase a commercial washer and dryer for the Veterans Home in Rocky Hill.
Donations can be sent to The Korean Conflict Veterans Association, c/o The American Legion Post #2, 22 Hooker Court, Bristol, CT 06010.
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Contact Steve Collins at scollins@bristolpress.com


War Sucks! said...

How eerily ironic, just as we're about to get involved in another conflict involving Korea!

It's a never ending cycle as long as the military industrial complex remains central to this country's economy! The U.S. should NOT be Earth's police!

Give peace a chance!

Anonymous said...

War sucks,

What color is the sky in your world?

War Sucks! said...

@ June 23, 2009 5:51 PM

During the day the sky is blue, and at night it turns black, depending on the clouds, of course.

Any other questions?

Anonymous said...

Photo op for Ward - he should be smiling for that.

Anonymous said...

War sucks,

Oh, so it's just like ours! Amazing! I thought it'd be pink with puffy little clouds shaped like ponies.

Anonymous said...

Typical cheap shot for you 8:33, we're all smiling...stupid can be so funny!

Anonymous said...

Hey, War Sucks!, because of people like Cliff May, you are able to put that crap up that you call a post. I personally would chip in to buy you a one way ticket to North Korea, and then perhaps you may appreciate the freedoms that we have in this country that you have obviously taken for granted.

Anonymous said...

No one, well very few, like war. but sometimes one has to stand up for what is right.
We have a good record of helping our allies, coming to their aid.

I am proud that we do, and very rarely have we attacked for gain.

War Sucks! said...

@ June 24, 2009 5:26 PM

So, are telling me a previously brainwashed corpse should be a source of inspiration to me? Give me a break!

Look, the U.S. military industrial complex is evil. Profiteering from sales of weaponry that only exist to destroy life and property is not a noble enterprise. Unfortunately, If you think it is right to do this, then you are one sick S.O.B.!

Think about it. Companies like UTC, Ingersoll Rand, etc., exist to supply weapons, machinery, and technology for war. No war = no business. You're a pawn in their evil enterprise and you aren't smart enough to even recognize it. And so the cycle continues... war, profits, death, war, profits, death. And none of the bigwigs in these mega-corporations care about Cliff May. He's just a number, a statistic, another body bag.

Still proud to be an AmeriKan, tough guy?

cliff block said...

Thank you so much for honoring the memory of my Uncle Cliff.
War does suck!
And so do you!!!!

Anonymous said...

5:26, You probably shouldn't waste your breath trying to talk to War Sucks (aka Obama rocks and probably the crazy blight nazi guy). For someone who claims to want peace, he's always trying to stir up trouble. I think he needs to have his medications adjusted.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I am PROUD to be an AMERICAN, despite the attitude of people like you.

Jennifer Smith said...

I have looked and viewed the posts on this blog regarding this soldier coming home and am appalled that some people call themselves an American. If the USA is so bad with its war and "brainwashing" I suggest you leave. Take your rights and shove them as you would never get the freedom of speech that you have at this moment ANY WHERE ELSE.
These men and women, like it or not, fought for these freedoms that we have at this time.
I am too against War. But have a father who is a Vet, a husband who has 2 times gone overseas to defend this country. I do not agree with war and especially with the politics that go with it. BUT this man does not DESERVE this bashing. Nor does his family. They can finally put his remains where they belong with his family. Have you ever lost anyone? Have you ever buried anyone? If you have, they are were you want them to be. This family deserves the same RIGHT as you do. Everyone has their opinions but yours is just overboard.
I will not keep my identity a secret. My name is Jennifer Smith and I am the proud daughter of a Retired Marine Corps Gunny Sgt. and the proud wife of a Staff Sgt. of the United States Air Force Reserve.

War Sucks! said...

@ June 25, 2009 4:18 PM
@ June 25, 2009 4:26 PM
@ June 25, 2009 4:31 PM
@ June 25, 2009 4:44 PM


"Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels."
– Samuel Johnson

"The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation’s greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us." – John F. Kennedy

"Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind." – John F. Kennedy

"Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth." – John F. Kennedy

"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word." – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Anonymous said...

Jennifer, thanks go to your father and your husband for serving for our freedom. And thanks go out to you for your service in supporting and defending your family of vets.

Cliff Block, may your uncle and the rest of your family forever find peace. It is good to have your uncle home 59 years later.

God bless our vets and God bless america.

Anonymous said...

Tell you what war sucks, you are obviously an unarmed person in this battle of wits, so I will not comment on your freedom of the press, which you are taking for granted. Go to North Korea, and tell me what freedoms you have when you get there.

Anonymous said...

war sucks is just reiterating what he learned in last semester's poli sci 101 class. don't worry, he'll change his tune by spring 2010, i'm sure, once he makes it to poli sci 104 :) talk about a brainwashed dope with no sympathy and no sense of history. his type complain about the existence of the military and the role it plays on the one hand, and on the other hand, insist that the US should get involved in "humanitarian" conflicts in Rwanda, Somalia, and Boznia.
in any event, i think a wiser person would decry the war and the administration that involves us in it, while still honoring (or at least not dishonoring the memory of) the soldiers who protect us and who have died to protect us.
what a jerk

War Sucks! said...

@ June 29, 2009 3:43 PM

Typical brainless, knee-jerk bashing with no understanding of, or attention to, what is actually being communicated.

Review what has been written. The words used to express my view do not dishonor this deceased soldier. Rather, my words are factual, and sometimes the truth is hard for some to swallow, especially when the throat is dry from talking absolute nonsense.

As far as the "jerk" comment goes, I stopped name calling back in grade school when I learned to express myself with intelligent, meaningful, verifiable facts.

Look, closed-minded citizens of this great Nation and the world continue to embrace the status quo regarding war and the horror associated with it. Open-minded citizens tend to look at the world with fresh eyes and hope for a tomorrow that does not include war and needless suffering.

You are obviously in the former group, while I choose the latter. You've made your choice, which I disagree with; and I've made mine.

One thing I've learned, in the 50+ years on this planet is that Intelligent people do not resort to insults and name calling when arguing or debating unless they have a weak argument. Enough said.

Happy Independence Day.

Anonymous said...

"One thing I've learned, in the 50+ years on this planet is that Intelligent people do not resort to insults and name calling when arguing or debating unless they have a weak argument. Enough said."

...so, referring to a young man (someone's fiance, son, grandson, brother, uncle...) who gave his life for his country a "brainwashed corpse" is an intelligent, non insulting comment???

Are you sure your 50+ years were on this planet??? 50+ years and you still don't have a clue. Enough said indeed!

War Sucks! said...

@ July 13, 2009 4:38 PM

All enlisted men and women of armed services are brainwashed throughout their training and beyond. What remains of this Plainville soldier is what is left of a dead human body or a corpse. Both descriptive words are verifiable facts. One need not be extremely intelligent to understand this, only reasonably intelligent.

The point was this:

A direct reply to a comment whereby another commenter insults that person by calling him or her a ________________ (fill in the blank) is resorting to name calling, which is simply a poor strategy when debating, and typically indicates that person has a weak argument or no argument at all.

Now do you understand? If not, then there's no point in furthering this debate with you because you aren't capable of understanding how intelligent people express ideas.

You are now left with few choices. You can either counter with an intelligent argument (after reviewing previous comments), admit defeat (the honorable thing to do), or be silent (the wise thing to do). It's your move.

Anonymous said...

"What remains of this Plainville soldier is what is left of a dead human body or a corpse. Both descriptive words are verifiable facts. One need not be extremely intelligent to understand this, only reasonably intelligent."

Any fool with a dictionary can understand the meaning of the words. A truly intelligent person knows that how you use them determines whether or not they are insults. You seem to be missing the genetic link for compassion. Calling someone's deceased loved one a "brainwashed corpse" is definitely an insult. You just don't seem to get it. Genetic flaw or total lack of character?...either way, it's definitely not worth arguing with someone who's totally incapabe of comprehending...very sad indeed.