Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Remembering the Veterans

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My great-great grandfather, a Union Army veteran.



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My paternal grandfather who enlisted during WW2, even though he had a wife and 2 sons. My dad is the smaller child.



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My maternal grandfather who was drafted for WW2, even though he had a wife and 2 children. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds sustained during the Battle of the Bulge.




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Dad, who enlisted in the Air Force during Vietnam, hoping to have some shred of control over his placement instead of being drafted.



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I found this among my grandfather's things and it amused me, so I thought I'd share it especially for the women.

To all the men and women who have served our nation, thank you.  Happy Veterans Day.

12 comments:

Hilary said...

You certainly have a noble family history, Lime. You must be very proud. Thanks for the wonderful post for your Veterans Day.. our Remembrance Day.

Beach Bum said...

Had to dig out my uniform, dog tags, and boots for something at my daughter's school tomorrow. Hate to say it but while I am proud of my 21 years of service after everything these last few years some of my emotions are mixed and complex.

G-Man said...

At Last...
A Chick that can 'Arc' One!!

Mother Theresa said...

Wow, you have some brave men in your family! I'm sure you must be proud. And I love that cartoon...ah, to be able to pee standing up! Think of how much easier things would be. :)

Craig said...

My dad was in an artillery unit in Europe during WWII, which was a pretty decent gig, as fighting wars goes, since they were generally 15-20 miles behind the front lines. But during the Bulge, the front lines got a good deal closer than that. . .

And the 'toon is a hoot. Can I just say I'm glad that public 'facilities' aren't unisex? (Amusing, too, isn't it, the things you learn about your parents/grandparents once they're gone?)

WordVer = 'loyally'. . . You know I am. . .

Eric Alder said...

Nice stories, Lime!

And a big hearty "Thank you!" to all of our vegetarians, er, veterinarians... DAMN! I mean VETERANS!

(You'd think my stammering wouldn't be so bad while typing!)

Suldog said...

Love the pics, Lime. Happy Veterans Day, and God bless, to you and yours!

Cricket said...

As always, I envy you your collection of photographs.

Today, I'm thinking mostly of my Aunt Helen, who deserves a post of her own someday. She was a Major in the Army Nurse Corps, and served almost the entire war in the South Pacific.

I remember the day it dawned on me that she probably saw more pain, suffering, and misery than all my other relatives put together.

A great post, as always.

Sarah said...

<3

Dave said...

Good to see your WW2 relatives in uniform Michelle. - Dave

Dave said...

P.S. Loved the cartoon. My Dad had that one too! - Dave

Jocelyn said...

And kudos to the families they leave back home, who have to live with worry and fear and understanding.