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An eMail from 50 Caliber

Updated on December 27, 2012
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Email from “50 Caliber” to “GusTheRedneck”

Here is one of the several eMails sent to me by our friend, Dusty Tibbs. Usually he did not write so much as this, but he was a man who would often have deep feelings about some things and wanted to let us all know of his thoughts.

We'll miss Dusty. According to what he said here, there were times when he felt like folks kinda slipped up about missing him. That was probably why Dusty liked his HubPages friends so much. He knew how we felt about him – and still do even now that he has gone on ahead of us.

Hi Gus,
you are quite right but I didn't need to tell you that. We have a huge number of turning to get this done and most don't bother to know their next door neighbor, at least that was my experience back in the late 80s and right up to the day I left. I doubt anyone missed me. Had some that told me they "loved me like a brother" I sent them hand written letters to let them know my address, and never heard from any since.

Gus there has to be an answer in this somewhere, I reckon it'll have to start with the states taking back their constitutional power and refusing to send the money to Washington. Maybe that's separating themselves from the union? Seems the central states that have more land than people, are the most willing to stand up and say no more. I had a US map of the out line of the states and Texas as well as Arizona was in the section colored for refusing any funding for Obama0care and at the time it was 25 states that cut the nation into two pieces. Wish I had the picture to show you.

I'm forced to wonder if they really have the gumption to follow through with succeeding from the Union and coming together to do,(inside their own state) what Iceland did.
I'd like to see America go after the bankers first and tell China and other places "sorry we are not paying back money borrowed by by people who were not authorized to do so, Welcome to capitalism, if you want a level playing field, Become a state!"
People wonder whose behind the curtain, and I know full well it is the bankers. I don't owe any money to any one, and have sacks of the old coins in silver(95%) and gold bullion in the smallest denominations I could buy it and it is in my hide away places not theirs.

I still have money in accounts and my monthly repayment checks for SSI and 70 percent of my pay for a leg that is a mere pittance, but payment nonetheless. I have mediocre tri-care but better than nothing, and have a panel that determines whether or not I get covered. I think January of 2010 I was allowed a test procedure of replacing my heart valves with pig heart valves, that removed a mechanical valve that ticked like a bomb, the harder I worked the faster it got and it freaked people out around me. I think learning to sleep with out my ticker was harder to get used to than learning to live with it. They say agent orange was responsible for the growth of my enlarged heart and liver. They took out 2,5 pounds of my liver, my gall bladder and appendix while they were doing my 2nd open heart surgery, they said they had 3 surgeons at work in my opening all elbow to elbow. Not discussed before hand. They lifted my right lung and found 2 cysts that were grown to my rear rib cage and removed them.

They were cut open and presented to me in a jar. I had told them that I got shot in the side by a little yeller feller in a close scuffle that left me with a burned area of about a 6 inch circle and the LT. filed the report as my falling onto the rocket tubes mounted on our huey as rockets were being fired and that was what caused the burns.

They were right I fell after being shot in that side and I filed the crew chief report of being shot and then falling onto the hot tubes. The crappy x-ray equipment of the time in Subic Bay, failed to find any evidence to support a gunshot wound to my chest area. They said after my last surgery that the wounds were most likely over looked due to the burned area that they grafted skin off my butt to cover. I measured the bullets and they, to the best of my ability were fired from a Russian 5.45x25 sub machine gun and had reached the end of their range and capacity to do more than get inside between ribs and both stopping on the same back rib and my body just covered them with a fat growth into little half inch cocoons. They resemble the arrow heads I have cut from deer that had been hit with a bow and the shaft of the arrow unscrewed and came out leaving the broad head behind and their system growing a cyst around them. I have gotten 2 arrow tips and a couple bullets from deer over the years and when I saw the jar contents I recognized it immediately, and told my surgeon about it and he later produced a copy of my medical report, from 1969 and moved it into the jacket of 2010. An example of the time I suppose, some things get better, I know the pain of deep breaths are gone and the Gallbladder was not the reason, a young surgeon to be lifted that lung and saw them and was told to go ahead and remove them. I talked with him post surgery and asked why he was lifting the lungs and he said he was just looking at the path of the diaphragm and it's condition after 60 some years of up and down on a non cartilage piece of anatomy and we talked about that because I used to play biology on deer, elk, antelope etc. to see what the best area was to aim, or place a shot to bring a fast kill sans as much pain as possible to my harvest.

Sorry for such a long email, but perhaps you enjoyed it? I get windy at times and I just have failed to check and see how you are doing these days.

I just finished tearing my jeep to pieces and reworking all the mechanical parts and up grading the axles to the good old dana 44s and planting a port fuel injected 6 in place of the old 4 cylinder. Repainted all the under body, frame and axles, transmission and transfer case. and all like new. Added a hard top and have it sanded to paint the hard top tan/brown but can't decide on the body, I now can lock up my gear, and if I get another 23 years out of it I'll be 100 years old and probably need to stop driving, ha ha ha.

I've got two grandsons due to be born in August toward the end or into early September, Both will carry my last name as my girls never married, and I thought that I was the end of the line as my brother never had kids, so a great surprise.

I reckon I need to shut up, but I'll keep you in my prayers, you've been on my list for some time now.

Much Peace and Blessings,


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    • GusTheRedneck profile imageAUTHOR

      Gustave Kilthau 

      7 years ago from USA

      snakeslane and suziecat7 - Not only was Dusty a good person, he was a very expressive writer whose words reached us all.

      Gus -)))

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      7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks so much for sharing this - he was one of a kind for sure. Dusty touched more lives than he knew.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Gus. :)

    • GusTheRedneck profile imageAUTHOR

      Gustave Kilthau 

      7 years ago from USA

      Howdy snakseslane - From a reading of your HubPages profile and a go-through of some of your fine articles and poems, I can tell that you and I share a lot of things - and now, our late friend, 50 Caliber, is one of those. He will be missed by many.

      Gus :-)))

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      7 years ago from Canada

      GusTheRedneck, from reading this letter I would say that Dusty considered you a friend. Thank you very much for sharing it with us. When all his comments and emails are presented together, as they have been in the past few weeks, a portrait of a very remarkable man emerges. Our loss. Regards, snakeslane

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Dear Dusty. He was compassionate and loving. Even when hunting for food, he studied so he caused as little pain and suffering as possible to the animal. He sure was a good man, wasn't he?

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I was guided here by femme and found this to be a powerful example of Dusty's style and willingness to share.

      The tribute links are growing on Dusty's interview and I have just added this memorable piece. Thank you, Maria

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      7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      That was Dusty at his finest. Just relaying stories ranging from hunting dear to lumps behind a lung. Seamlessly told. Thank you for sharing

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      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Dusty emailed me often, too, and sent me pics of things he thought I might be interested in. He was trying to work out a way to come see me. What a great guy - salt of the earth.

    • GusTheRedneck profile imageAUTHOR

      Gustave Kilthau 

      7 years ago from USA

      As I commented, above, I am not ignoring any of your posted comments, thinking that they are sufficient of themselves and do not need any replies.

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      Angela Blair 

      7 years ago from Central Texas

      You've honored us all by sharing Dusty's email -- thank you so very much. If there's another like him anywhere in this great universe I've never met that person -- looking forward to meeting him in the great by and by -- 'cause I know he's there! Great piece of work here. Best/Sis

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Sharing Dusty's email with us, Gus, was a tender, lovely tribute to his memory. Thank you and may he rest in peace.

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      7 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      After reading this, and a lot of Dusty's great stories, I am going to quit complaining about my little aches and pains. I will miss Dusty. Take care of yourself Gus.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      7 years ago from Upstate, New York

      This is my first and sadly, only time I've read anything from Dusty. I have to say there is a strong message in this e-mail, besides the obvious howdy-doody. How sad he fought for his country and received terrible medical care in the process.

      I will miss him even though I only just him. RIP

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      The Frog Prince 

      7 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Thanks for sharing a piece of Dusty Gus. May his soul rest in peace.

      The Frog

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      7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

      I do hope Dusty's wife knows where he hid his silver. She probably needs it now. Although I see Dusty being laid to rest the old fashioned way - cleaned in the kitchen, then buries out back with a home made head stone. Under his favorite tree.

    • GusTheRedneck profile imageAUTHOR

      Gustave Kilthau 

      7 years ago from USA

      HubPages Friends - I am not ignoring your comments, but it seemed to me that they should stand on their own with your thoughts about 50 Caliber - Dusty Tibbs.


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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for sharing this email from Dusty with us. He will be missed around this place. He always left long comments on some of my Hubs, especially the ones I wrote about wildlife in Fl. and snakes. He loved those. Never commented on my recipes, though. Guess he didn't like to cook, but he sure loved to hunt.

      I voted this UP, and will share.

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      Martin Kloess 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Nice take on this. I just finished a poem. by a fellow hubber, on 50 caliber. Thank you

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      Randy Godwin 

      7 years ago from Southern Georgia

      It seems Dusty gave many of us a piece of his life story, Gus. We are better off for it, no doubt.


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      Becky Katz 

      7 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I am crying again. I will miss Dusty badly. He wrote to me often too, and I never knew what he would reveal. I have saved those and will have to review them occasionally to remind me of his wonderful character.

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      7 years ago


      I almost waited to read this, but I couldn't let it go and had to come have a look.

      Thank you for sharing this. It's much like a one-sided conversation in which one must stay still so the speaker won't be distracted and stop talking.

      It's got the water-works flowing again, but I'm sure it's okay to spend a day in tears remembering the Marine. Dust would think the fuss was silly, but ... he was cool like that, lol.



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