Author Topic: This man is 70 years old, retired and Still serving for whats right.  (Read 1835 times)

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       This was sent in by one of our members who's daughter sent it to him. It's from 2007 but I think considering whats going on at the moment it deserves to be revisted as a counter balance to the stupidity of what happend here in Fl this past week. There is a time and place when lethal force is neccessary, and there are times when it should never even be considered at all. This is one of those Correct times and places.
 
"Plantation, Florida
 
        Last week police were called to investigate an attempted armed robbery: The 71-year-old retired Marine who opened fire on two robbers at a Plantation, Florida, Subway shop late Wednesday, killing one and critically wounding the other, is described as John Lovell, a former helicopter pilot for two presidents. He doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, and he works out every day. Mr. Lovell was a man of action Wednesday night
 
                According  to Plantation police, two masked gunmen came into the Subway at 1949 N. Pine Rd. just after 11 p.m. There was a lone diner,  Mr. Lovell, who was finishing his meal. After robbing the cashier, the two men attempted to shove Mr. Lovell into a bathroom and rob him as well. They got his money, but then Mr. Lovell pulled his handgun and opened fire. He shot one of the thieves in the head and chest and the other in the head. When police arrived, they found one of the men in the shop, K-9 Units found the other in the bushes of a nearby business. They also found cash strewn around the front of the sandwich shop according to Detective Robert Rettig of the Plantation Police Department. Both men were taken to the Broward General Medical Center , where one, Donicio Arrindell, 22, of North Lauderdale died. The other, 21-year-old Frederick Gadson of Fort Lauderdale is in critical but stable condition. Mr. Lovell was a pilot in the Marine Corps, flying former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He later worked as a pilot for Pan Am and Delta Airlines. He is not expected to be charged authorities said. ''He was in fear for his life,'' Detective Rettig said, "These criminals ought to realize that most men in their 70's have military backgrounds and aren't intimidated by idiots." Something tells me this old Marine wasn't 'in fear for his life', even though his life was definitely at risk. The only thing he could be charged with is participating in an unfair fight. One 71- year young Marine against two punks. Two head shots and one center body mass shot. Outstanding shooting! That'll teach them not to get between a Marine and his meal."

 
            I'm posting this here for the simple reason that this man is a Marine. Served his country well and proudly, and after he retired he Still had to serve his country and fellow citizens. Partly I posting it because this is a Board of Rememberance, Concidering the man was 70 yo 5 years ago, I suspect that within a couple days everyone had forgotten about him, except family and friends however many there were/are of them. He does not deserve to be and NO Veteran should be forgotten for as long as anyone takes the time to keep their memory alive. I also did not post this becasue of what he did at the Subway or why he had to, But because he was a soldier that knew his duty and did it.
 
            There are other things to be said about this situation, and that will be or can be done on the General Discussion Board. This is NOT the place to argue the merits pro or con.
 
       To him if he is still alive and to his survinging family members that are maybe and still remember his courage in war and peace I say ThankYou for all that you have done to make this a country that we all can take some sort of pride it.[/font]
 
Continued on the Genral Discussion board..................
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