Memorial Day

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  1. Linn says:

    Thank you, Duane! I didn’t realize how important Memorial Day would become to me until I lost a nephew in the Iraq war, and almost lost another one in Afghanistan (he is fully recovered, at least physically). I have a much greater appreciation for those in the armed forces and the sacrifices they and their families make.

  2. JD says:

    I always remember my dad, the light colonel who shaved my head when I was a kid. (kickin’ and screamin’)

  3. Officerhoppy says:

    My dad fought in the South Pacific in WW2. Going to visit his grave today.

    I was at my brother’s house in Seattle last weekend. We both read a bunch of letters he wrote to his mother. It was interesting to track his journey from Ft. Lewis to Texas, to the Philippines, back to Ft. Lewis.

    Interesting, he never spoke much to my brother or me about the war. I found that most guys who serve our country in battle seldom discuss it. At least the WW2 guys. But when they do, their memories of events are as if they are still there.

  4. bob1 says:

    My dad fought in WW2 in the South Pacific. My father in law worked for Patton’s Third Army. Late in his life he spoke to High school assemblies. He liberated one of the Nazi death camps. He made sure the kids knew that these atrocities really happened — he was an eyewitness. Blessed be the memory of all who fought and served.

  5. LInn says:

    Officer Hoppy,

    My nephew rarely discusses what he witnessed in Afghanistan as a unit leader. Three time his unit hit IEDs in their armored truck, and there were casualties as well as horrible injuries. I know he returned with PTSD and he is doing better, but he still had nightmares. I don’t think he feels safe without his dog and sidearm.

  6. Dan from Georgia says:

    My dad was in the Marines but did not see action as he was in the Corps after the Korean War. Two of his (olfer) brothers were in the Korean War and one died at the battle at Chosin Resevoir. My mom’s father is buried in France having died in WWII.

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