Today is Memorial Day. The true purpose of honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and to pay homage to those who have and are serving, has given way to hotdogs, beer and family gatherings. However, for some of us, this is a special day.
A Memorial Day Tribute: Three Veterans Who Made a Difference to Our Country
Today I pay my respects to my father, Gary Byler and Bill Pawelec. I have written extensively about my father’s work as he was involved in the top secret project to rewire the Combat Information Center on the aircraft carrier, FDR, as it was prepared to receive the first nuclear weapons to be placed on board a naval ship. Then, my father was reassigned to work with captured German scientists in order to reverse engineer their advanced knowledge of physics and how they could be applied to weapons systems and transportation. Since I was a boy, learning to hit pitches from my father, he was my hero and still is.
Captain Gary Byler, A Man’s Man
Today, the advocacy work I do is the result of my two late friends, Captain Gary Byler (ret) and Air Force Veteran and intelligence operative, Bill Pawelec. Unfortunately, both men are deceased.
To put it simply, if it were not for Gary Byler, I would be bankrupt. If it was not for Gary Byler, I would have lost my home and savings with all the potential spinoff catastrophe’s that can accompany such an event. If not for Gary Byler, I would have never uttered a word through a radio microphone or written a word that many people have read. I owe a lot of what I am today to my late friend and mentor, Gary Byler. In many ways, Gary pushed me to a higher level in terms of learning the meaning of what it means to be a man who will stand his ground and fight for what is important, no matter what the odds may be.
Gary Byler was a simple, but highly intelligent and courageous man. His handshake was his word and his devotion to friends, family and country was exemplary. Gary died in March of 2014, and I wanted to take a moment and tell the world about my late friend, Captain Gary Byler and how he helped me to become more than I was or thought I could be.
Gary grew up in Missouri and his family was so poor that he literally had to hunt his family’s meals on the way to and from school. His family lived hand-to-mouth with Gary doing whatever it took to survive. Yes, this is actually a true story as verified by his family members that was shared with me by his siblings at his funeral.
Gary joined the Army two years out of high school and achieved the rank of Captain as he served two tours of duty in Vietnam. Gary won the Army Commendation Medal, the Purple Heart and The Silver Star for conspicuous bravery in battle. He was with 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry. In his second tour of duty, Gary stepped on a landmine and lost a leg and an arm. He was triaged to die and by the time the medics got around to him, he was almost gone. By a miracle from God, Gary survived. Upon returning stateside, Gary was told that he would have a relatively short life-span and he would never lead a “normal” life. He outlived their predictions by over three decades. As he was to prove the experts wrong, again, he met his wife-to-be, Barbara, and even became a father multiple times against all odds. He put himself through college and became an ordained minister. Gary was a man who overcame the odds through his entire life.
Gary Was A Mentor
Fifteen years ago, the globalists, led by Senator John McCain, attempted to steal my home and the homes of 300 of my rural neighbors without providing just compensation. Our property rights were totally obliterated and if we had experienced storm damage or a fire, the government would have not let us rebuild and we would have lost everything. Fifteen years ago, my community faced economic Armageddon.
The McCain led shadowy forces said we were too close to Luke AFB and were impinging on base operations. In fact, we were 30 miles away from the base and the F-16’s had to fly over a quarter of a million people to reach us, so we knew their excuse being used to steal our land, was a McCain backed lie.
Eventually, we surmised that McCain and his globalist friends wanted our land because we sat on Arizona’s largest underground water aquifer and the globalists had tabbed our rural area to be the site of the CAFTA inspired CANAMEX Highway multimodal hub and they had no intention of paying for the land, the homes or compensating the people for their financial ruination.
We embarked on an eight year fight. Mike Robbins, Gary Byler and myself represented our community in various public venues. Gary continually pushed me to take the lead although I fought him every step of the way. Eventually, I reluctantly served as the spokesperson for our group, at Gary Byler’s insistence. I was merely a college basketball coach and psychology instructor and I had no real media experience. But at Gary’s urging, I began to bring to light the injustice being done to us in the media.
Eventually, the late Pete Peterson the owner of KSBC radio 1250AM, from Wickenburg, Arizona, offered me a weekly show to tell my story. I wasn’t sure I should do this, but Gary would not let me back out. From there, I went on the Republic Broadcasting Network and today, I broadcast, independently on Global Star Radio Network. Gary encouraged me to write and write some more. He never stopped pushing me as he said that someday I would be at the forefront of fighting against criminals like John McCain who have led us astray.
After eight long years, we had convinced enough Maricopa County Commissioners and Arizona State Legislators to help us. The public interest law firm, The Goldwater Institute, eventually agreed to take our case after nobody else would touch us because they were all afraid of McCain. Many people credited me with defeating McCain. This is not true. It was not me who defeated McCain and his globalists, it was Gary Byler, who got me to simply move my lips.
No Gloating Allowed
My community sued and the other side backed down on the court house steps and my community got their lives back after eight long years. Gary would not let me revel in victory.
Gary used to tell me that
“You have seen too much, you know too much from our fight. You need to tell the story. You have learned about the North American Union, CAFTA, etc. People trust you and you need to help wake up the country. This is not what I fought for in Vietnam, just to have these worthless pieces of ___ steal our country from us. You have a family, you must fight whether you want to or not!”
I heard this speech over a dozen times.
After I started broadcasting on RBN, Gary appeared twice appeared on my show. He refused to let me mention his Silver Star or any of his combat experiences.
Gary never called attention to himself. He just did what was right and he always did it in a fearless manner. Today, the world is a lesser place without Gary Byler and heaven is a better place with him in it. I know his wife, Barb, knows that, but it doesn’t take away the pain that all who knew this hero are feelingnow that we do not have him in our lives. It is also safe to say that if our country had more Gary’s and my father, we would not be in the mess in we are today.
Fearless Bill Pawelec
In this article, when I speak of Gary Byler and my father, the same can be said, and has been publicly been said about Bill Pawelec.
Bill was fearless, he pushed many intellligence community members to go public. Many wonder how I have developed so many intelligence community contacts, Bill Pawelec was the driving force. The first intel contact I developed was former NSA official, Vance Davis and today we are good friends. Bill introduced me to Vance. From these two, my intel contacts increased exponentially and this really shaped my understanding of the world.
I was with Bill and Annie the day before Bill died. He was in horrible shape as he couldn’t stay awake and I thought he could die at any moment. I told him in that moment how much I loved him and would miss him. He looked up and said,
you don’t need me, ou are going to do good things”. I don’t know, today, how much good I do, but he said this to me as I was just starting my first radio show.
Annie DeRiso could tell the world that in the beginning, I did not want the limelight and did not want to be involved in the media, but Gary and Bill would not let me back away. Today, I realize that we all have to do our part, because our country and our citizens are in for the fight of our lives. Doing our part is what Bill and Gary tried so hard to teach me.
On this Memorial Day, I deeply miss three veterans, my father, Bill Pawelec and Gary Byler! May all of your memories, for the veterans in your lives be as rewarding as my memories have been with regard to these three men.
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