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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-11-2019, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Salute to Military Veterans

To all veterans, past and present,

Thank you for protecting the rights and liberties we enjoy in this great country. Your duty and sacrifice to this nation is noble and distinguished.

Carry on!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-11-2019, 09:09 PM
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regardless of what may seem popular nowadays... never forget.
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Fully agree. We are a military family and our son returned this week from his second deployment. He is very proud to serve his country. We are proud of him as well!

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As the grandson of a career Army noncom, the son of a career naval officer, a former soldier myself, and the father of a soldier recently returned from Afghanistan, we are all happy and honored to have served. We too salute our comrades in arms and those who have served.
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Least I forget...to be fair to my son's bride, I'm also the happy and proud father-in-law of a young woman, and veteran soldier herself, who likewise recently returned from Afghanistan after an earlier deployment to Iraq.

Yes, I come from an American family that has proudly served for over a century in the service of our country, starting back when Pershing marched into Mexico in 1916 with my maternal grandfather among the 6,000 American troops trying to catch Pancho Villa and his bandit army following their attack on Columbus, New Mexico during their Mexican Revolution. He later died from the Mustard Gas he was exposed to in France during WW1. The sons were all too young for WW2 but several, to include my paternal grandfather, my father, and several uncles participated in the Korean War. During the Vietnam War, there were at least 6 family members, to include myself, my grandfather, my father, two uncles and a brother-in-law to serve there. All but one returned, my brother-in-law, an Intruder pilot shot down by a SAM missile over North Vietnam in 1968 during the latter days of Operation Rolling Thunder.

I can imagine that there were others, earlier in our history, but those who could recall such matters never spoke of it in my presence, so I leave it as an unknown. Besides, if they did they were probably fighters for the Confederacy as my family's roots are in the south - Texas.
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Sorry I'm a little late for this one...but my respect and honor for the Vets is genuine and deeply felt. I tried but was unable to pass the physical for the military...and I suspect it was something I would have truly loved.

My father was with the 8th Air Force stationed in England and was a tail gunner on a B-24 bomber in WWII who flew 31 missions over Germany. I had all of his memorabilia from those days after he died 20 years ago...including his personal diary, medals, dog tags, wings, etc, etc. While going through these things one day I developed a concern for their preservation after I am gone. So...I contacted the Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force in Pooler, Georgia just outside Savannah. They were thrilled and pleased to help me see to it that the items that were my dad's would be added to the museum and preserved for the future. I would strongly urge others of you to do the same if you are in possession of the kind of things that might otherwise be lost for all time.

I was in Florida a number of years ago with my wife for the winter. One day while having lunch I saw a B-17 fly overhead, followed by a B-24 then a B-25. I figured I was in the Twilight Zone or something. A quick look at that morning's paper lead me to the story about the planes and their continued preservation by an organization known as The Collings Foundation. Through that piece in the news I contacted the people in charge and learned I could go for a 1/2 hour flight on the plane of my choice for what I thought was a reasonable fee...and it was tax deductible. Next day there I was...check in hand...and ready to go. It turned out to be one of the great moments of my life. We had full access to the entire plane from nose to tail. I sat in that tail gunner's spot along with examining the rest of the plane. Just amazing that those guys in those days would actually fly over enemy territory in what was a clumsy, slow moving piece of equipment that was a metal tube full of bombs, people and almost nothing more than just a target.

To all the vets out there...both young and old...I salute you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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