UPDATE: Oath Keepers on Way to DC to Protect Patriots at Inauguration – Dedicated to WWII Hero Renn Bodecker

“One more jump into DC.”  Dedicated to the memory of WWII Army Airborne Hero, Renn Bodecker

As I write this, I am on my way to Washington DC to join with other Oath Keeper military and police veterans to carry out our Operation DefendJ20, to protect American patriots from violent “anarchists” and communists (really the same thing) who have vowed to disrupt the inauguration of our 45th President, Donald J. Trump, and to assault attendees.  We held a national leadership call last night and worked out the final operational details.  We consider it an honor to have this opportunity to step up, once again, and do our part to keep people safe as they exercise their constitutionally protected rights of free speech and assembly.

We could use your help with the costs of this operation. Please donate here. To learn more about this mission, go here.

We solemnly pledge to you that as we carry out this mission we will conduct ourselves honorably at all times, according to the warrior’s code:

Wherever I walk,
everyone is a little bit safer because I am there.

Wherever I am,
anyone in need has a friend.

Whenever I return home,
everyone is happy I am there.

Please pray for the safety of all involved, and for a peaceful and smooth Inauguration.  And please say a prayer for our nation, that this will mark the turning of the tide, and the start of a true restoration of the Founder’s Republic.   As SGM Santoro posted on the Colorado Oath Keepers page:

I want to point out that we have NOT won the war. We have only won a battle. This is going to be like a long distance race. The finish line is a long way away so pace yourselves. Always take care of family first and then take care of Oath Keepers next.

Exactly. The defeat of Hillary was incredibly important (we dodged a deadly bullet there) but it was only one victorious battle, not the winning of the war, and the domestic enemies of the Constitution are like a hydra with many heads that keep popping back up. Prepare yourselves, for the real work has only begun.  If you are not yet a member, now would be a good time to join the team  (whether prior service or not, you are welcome!).   We are all in this together, and many hands make light work.

 

DC Mission Dedication

I dedicate this mission to the memory of a true American hero, WWII Army Airborne veteran Renn Bodeker.   Years ago I had the great privilege to escort Renn on an Honor Flight full of WWII veterans from Montana to DC.  It was a life-changing and moving experience.   At the WWII Memorial Renn just stood there for a long moment, quietly looking at the massive wall of stars representing all the young men who died for their country, then he wondered aloud whether it would all turn out to have been for nothing, if we now let our Constitution be destroyed.  And he wept.

In 2013, when Barack Obama tried to shut down the WWII Memorial with his absurd “Barrycades,” the first phone call I got was from Renn, saying he wanted to go back to DC and personally remove those blights from the Memorial.  And so we hopped on a plane together the next day and met a bunch of other Oath Keepers there, including Navy SEAL veteran Ben Smith and one of his teammates, and under Renn’s leadership, we got it done.

91 Year Old WWII Airborne Veteran Renn Bodeker Leads the Way

Renn spoke of his three combat jumps in the Philippines, including the daring rescue of over 2,000 POWs at the Los Baños Prison Camp behind Japanese lines.  Some of his stories were heart wrenching.  And then he looked us all in the eye and told us he wished he could do one more combat jump, but this time into DC, against the domestic enemies of the Constitution, and he gestured toward the White House.

I wish Renn were still here today, to stand with us in DC, in celebration of a battle won in the war of American restoration.   But we know he will be smiling down on us from above, and he will be with us in spirit in all we do going forward to continue the work, as we do our best to keep his resolve in your hearts and his example foremost in our minds.

All Oath Keepers who will join us on this mission, please watch this interview with Renn at the WWII Memorial in 2013.  And reflect that whatever we have to do to restore the Republic pales in comparison to what Renn and his buddies went through.   Let’s make sure it was not all for nothing.   The torch of liberty has been passed to us.  Let us guard it well.

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined. – Patrick Henry

For the Republic!
Stewart Rhodes

Founder and President of Oath Keepers

You want to make America great again?  Make America constitutional again.

 

About Author

Stewart Rhodes

Stewart is the founder and National President of Oath Keepers. He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump. He is a former firearms instructor, former member of Rep. Ron Paul’s DC staff, and served as a volunteer firefighter in Montana. Stewart previously wrote the monthly Enemy at the Gates column for S.W.A.T. Magazine. Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Miller prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale, was a Yale Research Scholar, and is writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people.

Comments

  1. sealaw 19 January, 2017, 05:51

    Go with God’s Blessing and Divine Protection! We have your six on the home front! GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OATH KEEPERS !!

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  2. Frank 19 January, 2017, 08:16

    Thank you, protectors.

    Defend the protectors!

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  3. Norton II 19 January, 2017, 11:49

    A momentous event in American history played out in January of 2016, and the aftershocks still reverberate. It is Ironic that Renn’s words “Take a stand” were spoken – and put into action – by that quintessentially peaceful man, Ammon Bundy. Yes, I am one of those “Unthinking Hotheads” who decided that the abuse of a ranching family could not become the norm. A little refresher here : up until April of 2014, the waking up process in our country was only in it’s formative stage. It took the courageous actions of a Nevada ranching family to strike the spark, and to inflame the wrath of many otherwise peaceful men – and women. Education was mobilized into ACTION at Bundy Ranch. In the ultimate moment, with the sound of gunfire imminent in Toquop wash, I saw Ammon in action ( And where were you Stewart ?) . In confronting love at that corral gate, Ammon knew he held the cards, and displayed generalship of the first order. I knew then that we had a leader. (And where was Cliven ? – a story I can’t tell here !). Wars have battles, and those battles often occur under less than favorable circumstances. The tides of this war on rural america brought us to Harney County and Malhure. Rather than any impulsive reaction, our occupation was the last resort after an exhaustive petition for redress. The wake -up call we sent has electrified the nation. During the Portland trial I spoke on OPB radio ; “This Malhure case is a house of cards…we’ve got the Feds right where we want them…they can’t win and we can’t lose ! ” exactly. No matter how you may wish to equivocate, this unflinching not give an inch stance was the key to our great triumph on Oct. 27.

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  4. pistol 19 January, 2017, 13:06

    I’m supportive of this cause, thank you. One thing I will take exception to is anarchists and communists are about as polar opposite as possible, so I’m not sure where you were going there, but whatever. Thank you for what you do.

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  5. Koyote 19 January, 2017, 14:00

    Interested in seeing how the media reacts to the Oath Keeper presence. And should conflicts arise, how they and their actions will be portrayed. Probably as aggressors. I pray nothing happens.

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  6. flinter 19 January, 2017, 15:14

    Keep you eyes and ears open. Your fists and feet ready to bear if needed. God goes with you all.
    And if you happen to see that bomber that the FORMER traitor in chief just released from prison, be sure to send him to my street. I will take it from there…!!!!
    How does that song go..?? ” Im just picking up the pieces “..?

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  7. Check Six 19 January, 2017, 15:25

    A little old (possibly a lot old) to make the trip so I have donated $100 to those good guys and gals that can make the trip.

    Stewart’s detailed advice to those heading to DC is excellent…check six. Remember that a uniform, a smile, or a government title does not guarantee the person or group is on your side. Think LaVoy Finicum and the USS Liberty.

    May God bless your most noble effort.

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  8. wife & i 19 January, 2017, 16:18

    The established (lying) media(s) owned by the Reprobates Will collapse (implode) for a spell of time! Might be until the Restrains are called Home – I no longer spend (much) time (at least for the last 30 yrs) in the taverns & saloon’s but have been told that many are not buying the camel dung that’s been dished out since 79! The snow-flaked cupcakes will have a rood awakening on the ways they’ve been transformed from the chrysalis to the Butterflying! Many realize they have been dumb’d down but have trouble understanding the encompassing methods! There is only one Being Who Can Renew the mind – I believe He’s about to blow the minds of those who god is the one who flits!
    The Lord will? (Roman’s chapter 1) ice the cake loudly before His Wrath of Jacobs trouble begins – No one will be able to say “I didn’t know”! As civilian Statesmen we have to resist the evil powers that be who wants to take us down – We do know from Scripture that the devil will have his moment! This does not mean that we should just lie down!
    The victories we have witnessed came to be because His people He call’s by name prayed! I’ve been around for a long time, I know the Lord thru Jesus Christ, no one can convince me that He don’t exist! HE truly loves us, but, we have to be born again (Garden Sin) before the renewing can happen! We need Him, He wants us – so when one hears that soft tender voice calling us to come Home to Him, please do not resist! I do believe that the Lord giving us (world) a bit more time!
    I do know many of us oath keeper’s know just Who Blessed this nation like no others before – God Bless & love you!

    …Heb 13:6…

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    • JJM 20 January, 2017, 10:20

      Turn The Other Cheek is often misinterpreted. I lean toward the interpretation of not striking back solely for vengeance.
      “So when it comes to turn the other cheek, Jesus is not saying we should be doormats and pacifists. In fact, Jesus himself makes this clear in Luke 22:36-38 when he tells the apostles to “take up a sword” for self-defense.”
      And we do not limit “self defense” to our own person but defend others from abuse as well.

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  9. ken rowe 19 January, 2017, 16:28

    My prayers and sincere thanks to each of you on your mission tomorrow wish I could be with you. God bless you and our new president!

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  10. LoneWolf - ALL AMERICAN INFIDEL 19 January, 2017, 16:30

    I’m an American, non veteran, who loves and respects our brave and dedicated men and women who have taken seriously their oath to protect and defend our freedoms and liberty, our Constitution, our Republic, and all that, that implies – against ALL ENEMIES, FORIEGN AND DOMESTIC! Though I have never served in our military, I am armed, self “trained”, and ready to defend our republic and my fellow citizen with my life, if necessary. You all are in my prayers and thoughts, God’s speed my fellow patriots – may our Lord and Savior be at your side and watch over you!

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  11. C 19 January, 2017, 18:46

    I said, and will continue saying, a prayer for you all. May God guard and protect us all. Our nation is blessed to have hero’s who are willing to fight the good fight for us all, even for those who resent you doing it. May God bless you and your families and our President Donald J Trump and his family.

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  12. ChuckT 19 January, 2017, 19:17

    GodSpeed brothers from Texas! Happy to support.

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  13. Mindy 20 January, 2017, 01:24

    I am praying for all of you, may Yahweh be with you and protect you during this time.

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  14. marlene 20 January, 2017, 02:33

    I don’t have a paypal account. Let me know how I can send a money order or a check. Thanks

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  15. marlene 20 January, 2017, 02:39

    I just watched a video and was told that people, all dressed up and walking out of the DeploraBall were followed, stalked and attacked. The police did NOT protect them. Law enforcement – FAIL! The Bikers for Trump don’t seem to have the back up they were hoping for, because only a few got into the center of the riot – the rest, and everyone else, were locked out. No guns were allowed and the Bikers are asking for people to “have our backs.” FYI.

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  16. American Patriot 20 January, 2017, 03:10

    My fellow Patriots, Veterans, Oath Keepers and dedicated men and women who have taken seriously their oath to protect and defend our freedoms, our liberty, our Constitution and our Republic. My God be with you all, and protect you tomorrow during this historical 45th Presidential inauguration. Just remember always be alert, and never let your guard down, because Satan’s followers is at play.

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  17. Vince 20 January, 2017, 06:18

    Civilian in Peace, Soldier in War…of security and honor for three centuries I have been the custodian…I am the Guard!

    At Concord’s bridge, I fired the fateful shot heard ’round the world. I bled on Bunker Hill. My footprints marked the snows at Valley Forge. With Washington on the heights of Yorktown, I saw the sword surrendered… I am the Guard. These things I know – I was there! I saw both sides of the War Between the States – I was there! The hill at San Juan felt the fury of my charge; the far plains and mountains of the Philippines echoed to my shout. In France the dark forests of the Argonne blazed with my barrage; Chateau-Thierry crumbled to my cannonade.

    I am the Guard. I bowed briefly on the grim road at Bataan. Through the jungles and on the beaches I fought the enemy… beat, battered, and broke him. I scrambled over Normandy’s beaches – I was there! I flew MiG Alley to the Yalu – I am the Guard! I fought in the skies above Vietnam – I was there! In the skies and on the ground, I made the Arabian desert feel the fury of the storm. I am the Guard!

    Civilian in peace, soldier in war… the stricken have known the comfort of my skill. I have faced forward to the tornado, the typhoon, and the horror of the hurricane and the flood. I saw the tall towers fall – I was there!

    I am the Guard. For three centuries the custodian of security and honor, now and forever… I am the Guard.

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  18. Daniel 20 January, 2017, 08:41

    I wept when I heard it. My heart filled with pride. On a cold night in November 12,000 walked by, on a dirt road two miles in the dead of night. The last stand of the Michigan patriots on election eve to support Donald Trump. They brought the state to the standard of the Constitution. These are the actions that make America Great. God speed my brothers and sisters.

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  19. Karen 20 January, 2017, 10:15

    Renn Bodeker was a personal friend of mine. He was a great man of courage and honor and I was blessed to be his friend for over 40 years. If we could all have his vision and understanding of what is happening in our country and get involved we could take our country back. Wish he were here again to see this inauguration. Thank you for posting this article and honoring a GREAT MAN!!! And thank you to all the brave oathkeepers who are in DC.

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  20. Nam Marine 20 January, 2017, 12:26

    Nothing happened at the Trump swearing in !

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  21. Frank 20 January, 2017, 13:04

    Please put back up all comments on this article. Thank you.

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    • Shorty Dawkins 20 January, 2017, 13:21

      Frank,

      I have no idea what happened to them. They were not deleted, but they disappeared. The cue says there are 24 comments, but they do not appear. I’ll ask our Tech man to look into it.

      Shorty Dawkins

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  22. OVERTAXED 20 January, 2017, 23:15

    Here, Here.
    I wish to proudly offer up a respectful shout out, to Mr. Stewart Rhodes.

    Thank you for grabbing hold of and for acting upon this historic opportunity to go to D.C. and to lead our fellow Oath Keepers and patriot brothers and sisters on such a dignified and historic mission to selflessly sacrifice of themselves, and for courageously committing their labors to the safety and protection of our fellow citizens of the United States of America.

    Mr. Stewart Rhodes, we salute you, for a job very well done.

    OATH KEEPER #15144

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  23. flinter 21 January, 2017, 08:44

    I never met Mr Bodecker and never heard of him until I red this article. That is a total shame. I am sure this fine man could have inspired many more Americans if only we knew of his existence. There are far too few of these fine Americans from his era left among us. Im thinking there would be fewer snowflakes in this country if only they had the opportunity to have met and listened to such wonderful hero’s.

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