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Today, 11/11/11, is Veterans Day, a time to be thankful for the military vocations. Use this space in a comment to honor a veteran you know.
I’ll go first: My father-in-law, one of those Marines who fought at Iwo Jima.
Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.
If you don’t mind an Australian interloper – my paternal grandfather, Harold J. Henderson, 7th Division, Australian Military Forces (Army), fought at the Battle of Balikpapan, Borneo, 1945 (supported by American artillery) among many other engagements in the South Pacific, 1943-45.
My great-uncle who was a B-17 crew member, shot down over Germany and incarcerated in a POW camp 1944 to 1945.
For my father, served with the 3rd Army under General Patton in the European theater; and for all military chaplains, active or retired who enter the combat arena armed only with the Word of God.
My father, Captain, Army Air Corps, a fighter pilot in the Pacific in WWII. My son, Capatain, Air Force (Reserves), C-130 pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan. My son, Captain, Air Force (MN Air National Guard), Aeromedical Evacuation Nurse. My Son-in-Law, Army, (MN National Guard), Iraq.
My husband, served in Viet Nam, has endured the aftermath of being 100% disabled with many health problems; my dad, a Marine in 7 major battles in the Pacific; father-in-law who served in WWI; son-in-law, an Army vet; brother-in-law, served in Viet Nam and died there.
My dad, George A. Martin, fought in the Korean War.
My brother COL Dave Teigen served as a missile launch control officer with the Strategic Air Command. The Strategic Air Command helped to preserve the peace in the face of the huge Soviet missile armament.
My Father: U.S. Army Italy 1945
My Brother John: USMC 1985
My Daughter Rachel: USMC Iraq, 2003
My Son Nathan: USMC Iraq (3 tours) 2003-2006
My Son Adam: USMC Afghanistan 2010
Two grandfathers. Both poor farm boys turned pilots in WWII and Korea.
Col. Joseph Magdich, until 3 months ago a member of our local parish, now a member of the Church Triumphant. A great WWII vet with a grip like a giant and a smile like sunlight. I miss him.
My father Emmett served three tours of duty in Vietnam and then served an additional tour in Thailand. I thank him and all veterans for serving in their vocations.
My Grandfather. Didn’t fight in WW2, but he served stateside as a sergeant, training soldiers in boot camp.
Great uncle Weldon. Served aboard the U.S.S. Sterritt in the Pacific. Had great stories to tell me.
My brother-in-law George. He joined the National Guard in 1938 because he liked working with the horses that drew the artillery.
Then 5 years in WWII.
For his 90th birthday this year, he received his first computer. He loves it. He can see the whole family and get email.
My neighbor, who flew a bomber over Germany in WW II.
My cousin, a rifleman, who spent a winter in a foxhole on the Korean DMZ and lost a fellow soldier to sniper fire.
Two cousins, (who are brothers), Viet Nam vets.
Two uncles, cousins and a son, Navy vets spanning various eras, from the 1930′s in the Pacific to 1990′s in the Middle East.
All the men of my high school class, in one service or another.
My current Sr. Pastor, two tours in Iraq as Chaplain
My father who served in the ETO in the U.S. Army during WW II.
My father-in-law who served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
My brother who served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 21 years.
My son-in-law who is a Navy physician with two combat tours in Iraq with the 2nd Bn, 7th Marines, and currently serves on the island of Guam.
My niece, a Marine logistic officer who served two combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.
My golfing buddies, all retired Marine pilots.
And my wife, who raised my two daughters in a safe and loving home while I was a Marine for 31 years.
My dad (Army-Korea), Uncle Paul (Army-Viet Nam), Great-uncle Loring (Army-WWII), eldest brother (Navy-Operation Desert Shield), next-eldest brother (Army, ODS), eldest son (USMC Iraq), brother-in-law (Army-Germany, peacetime), a new co-worker (Afghanistan, USMC).
Well, someone’s got to do it; I’m so glad you did. Thank you all, and God bless!
My friend and customer Jim who served as a spy/ assassin in Europe during the Cold War, then later in Southeast Asia.
my Dad-4 years in the Pacific=WW II
Uncle-flew P-38s toward the end of WW II and on..
Close relative -3 tours- Iraq-Bronze Star-=
Close relative-Army -Intelligence- Vietnam
3 sons of a cousin-
several close friends…serving now…
Thank you for encouraging a listing—
My father was also one of those brave Marines who served on Iwo Jima. I also have close family relatives who gave the ultimate sacrifice in Korea (1951) and Okinawa (1945).
I wish to honor my grand father (WW2), 2 of my uncles (Vietnam), my cousin (Operation Desert Storm), and my brother (Operation Iraqi Freedom), and 2 close friends who are also currently serving.
And then you have how, under the Traitor-obama regime, our miltary veterans are now honored. In addition to disposing of soldiers’ remains in a landfill, this is how a WWII Army captain received the medals, including the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and Presidential Unit Citation, earned for his actions during the Battle of Bataan and as a POW, including surviving the infamous Bataan Death March:
“The medals have become a source of pride for retired Army Capt. Tom Harrison, 93, since they arrived in a box with nothing more than a packing slip from a logistics center in Philadelphia on Nov. 4″
I certainly agree. I’m not sure whether to blame the Obama Administration or the Dept of the Army for mailing the medals rather than presenting them in person unless he had already been presented these decorations previously and the ones he received were replacements. If Captain Harrison never received the Distinquished Service Cross and the Silver Star formally then it is truly a travesity. It would never have happened that way to a United States Marine… I can guarantee that!
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