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Who'd have ever guessed the first American wounded was a gay Marine

Original post made by Guy, Bridle Creek, on Jul 28, 2009

"Alva told Congress, "I'm an American who fought for his country. Who'd have ever guessed the first American wounded was a gay Marine."




Staff Sgt. Eric Alva was the first American to be wounded in war in Iraq. On March 21, 2003 Alva stepped on a landmine, sustaining heavy injuries to his leg. It couldn't be saved and was amputated. Alva was medically discharged and awarded a Purple Heart.
On February 28, 2007, Staff Sgt. Alva, Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4th District and Martin Meehan, D-Mass. and another 107 House members introduced legislation that would repeal the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy against gays in the military.

Eric Alva is a native of San Antonio, TX. He joined the marines at age 19 and was a member of the 3rd Battalion of the 7th Marines.

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Posted by Jay
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 28, 2009 at 1:07 am

Alexander the Great (September 20, 365 BC - June 13, 323 BC)
King of Macedonia and conqueror of the world, he overthrew the Persian Empire and extended his rule from Greece to Egypt and all the way to India. Alexander's achievement laid the foundation for the Hellenistic world, the Roman Empire, and even the spread of Christianity: all the New Testament writings were in Greek as a result of Alexander's influence. Alexander was said to be extremely handsome. Many portraits of him were made in his life and these Roman copies may be pretty accurate. He was an incredibly athletic and loved strenuous exercise -- he would jump off and back on a chariot moving at full speed. His lover Hephaestion was taller and even more handsome. The Persian Queen bowed to him instead of Alexander when she was presented to them. Alexander said to the mortified queen "Never mind, Hephaestion is also Alexander".

2,300 years ago men in Greece had wives, mistresses, and lovers of either gender. Alexander refused to marry and beget an heir when he left Macedon to conquer the world. Alexander loved his boyhood friend, Hephaestion. Both brilliant boys, they were tutored by Aristotle, with whom Hephaestion kept up a lifelong correspondence. Hephaestion started off as a regular cavalry soldier and rose through the ranks on merit and carried out the most important military and administrative assignments. Later, Alexander also fell in love with a courtier from the conquered Persian court, scandalous not because the courtier was male, but because he was Persian -- most Greeks thought that other people were barbarians. Alexander married a princess from a faraway mountain kingdom of Asia, but it's unclear if he loved her because their only child was born much later. He also married the defeated Persian king's daughter, a purely political marriage, and Hephaestion married her sister, since he and Alexander wanted their children to be cousins.

After they conquered Asia, Hephaestion died suddenly of typhus. Alexander's grief was monumental. He asked the oracles if Hephaestion was a god (back then people could become gods by achievement) and was told that Hephaestion was indeed a hero, a lesser type of god. Now Alexander, who had no doubt about his own divinity, knew that he would meet his beloved again in the Blessed Realm, where gods and heroes live. He got his first wife pregnant and died himself without waiting for the child to be born, all within eight months of Hephaestion's death. He was 32 years old.

A quote from another source on this topic: The Random House Encyclopedia, New Revised Edition, 1983: A more immediate project was the marriage of Alexander and Hephaestion, his closest friend and lover, to two of the daughters of Darius [the recently conquered Persian emperor], while another 80 Macedonian officers married daughters of Persian nobles. (p. 1005)


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Posted by John
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 28, 2009 at 6:36 am

and where is Macedonia today?


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Posted by P-Towner
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2009 at 6:41 am

People will cherry-pick history to serve their political agenda. I'll bet Jay and Guy rail against "American Imperialism" circa 1991 –present.


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Posted by Very Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2009 at 7:13 am

I've read the header of this blog entry several times - "Who'd have ever guessed the first American wounded was a gay Marine" - and it bugged me, though at first I couldn't articulate way. Then it dawned on me: I really don't care what this Marine's sexuality is. I respect and honor his service to our country. I don't sit around guessing what other people's sexuality is.


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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Jul 28, 2009 at 8:47 am

SteveP is a registered user.

Gays should be allowed to serve in the military, just like the other soldiers who are of normal sexuality. To even out years of supposed inequalities, they should be required to serve on the front lines, as other Marines have for them in the past.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 28, 2009 at 8:50 am

marine mom...where are you...would you please weigh in on this topic...coward!


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Posted by Guy
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jul 28, 2009 at 10:54 am

"Posted by Very Concerned, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, 3 hours ago

I've read the header of this blog entry several times - "Who'd have ever guessed the first American wounded was a gay Marine" - and it bugged me, though at first I couldn't articulate way. Then it dawned on me: I really don't care what this Marine's sexuality is. I respect and honor his service to our country. I don't sit around guessing what other people's sexuality is."

Very Concerned,

I agree with you and I just wanted to remind PEOPLE, that Gays are PEOPLE as well. If Gays are fighting for YOUR FREEDOM, why do you not fight for theirs?


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Posted by Very Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2009 at 11:11 am

We're destroying what binds us as Americans through hyphenation hysteria. This Marine should be better defined than simply casting him as a homosexual. I see him as an honorable man, who served his nation with honor and dignity. I choose to not look at my fellow man/woman through the narrow lens of classifications.
I prefer a classification-blind society. Content of character is much more important than what one does in the bedroom or what one looks like or what god or lack of god one believes in.



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Posted by Guy
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jul 28, 2009 at 11:20 am

Very Concerned,

I couldn't agree with you more! I posed out of concern mysel, as some choose to constantly focus on taking away rights of a singled out group, based upon their preferance.


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Posted by Ken in South Pleasanton
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 29, 2009 at 10:15 am

Speaking as a Swedish-Danish-Episcopalian-bred straight American, whose grandmother swears there is some Native American in the mix somewhere, I wish people would stop categorizing themselves by their ancestry, religion, and sexual orientations. See how presumptive it is? Who cares? When we all start acting like American Citizens and treating each other as equals regardless of all the tags we will be much better off as a People and as a Nation.


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Posted by LawStudent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Ken,

Although I don't agree 100% with SOME of your posts, I agree with you here 1000%

Great Post!


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