Share a story of someone you know who has served our Country
My father never spoke of the war so when we were watchig The movie with Henry Fonda Battle of the Bulge, and he started telling us about the Battle That was the first time we found out that he was actually in the Battle of the Bulge. We shut the movie off but ad we had the real story right there!
My father was severely wounded and taken as a POW in WWII. He never discussed it but he did talk in his sleep and have nightmares until he died. I miss you Daddy and am sorry for all you endured. Thank you for serving.
My husband was in desert storm. He has great leadership skills and able to get the camp ready and he has the knowledge to get things done when others can’t. Sometimes they did have all the components they needed to get things in operations done but he managed without them. He is a hero.
My father was drafted to the Army when he was a senior in high school. He served in WWII. He was in the Infrantry (Ohio Thunder). When he fufilled his obligation, he went back to high school and graduated at the old age of 21 years old.
After he passed away in 1997, I had the arduous task of packing up his house. I remember going through a folder of Medicare stuff. I grabbed the folder and tossed it in the trash. Something told me to pick it up and just rifle through the folder. I’m SO glad I did. In the folder among receipts and Medicare stuff was his graduation picture that I had NEVER seen! It was a page out of a yearbook titled “Lanier Voks Veterans.” It wasn’t torn out or anything. I think the school deliberately made extra copies of that particular page and gave it to each veteran.
I loved reading everyone’s stories.
My father served 21+ years in the air force. He joined when it was still the army/air corps. He has service medals for serving in WWII, Korean and he ended his service by being sent to Vietnam. There is no one in this world I admire more. I lost my father almost three years ago and I miss him as much today as the day he passed. I honor all servicemen and women who give of themselves to keep us safe. I know from personal history that service men and women give up a lot of their personal lives for the military. Thank you all!!! ????
My Dad John (Kowalski) was in the Navy during the Korean War. Although he’s still with us (at age 86), my all-time favorite story is how his buddies dared him to jump off the ship 1,000 feet into the ocean and he did it. He ended up in the brig, but said it was worth it to him. He also shared about trying to smuggle booze on the ship, stuffing bottles in their socks. While he was walking up the steps, his bottle came out of his sock and went down the steps and broke. Again, he ended up in the brig. Sounds like my Dad was a troublemaker in the Navy, but he learned his trade of a tool & die maker and was one of the best in our area. I think this is why every year we went to the ocean for vacation where he would hold our hands and take us out, teaching us how to dive into the waves. He didn’t share too much about serving, but those stories he did share, thanks to my Mom telling him to share with us 5 kids. I love my Dad so very much and am very proud of him!
Thank you for sharing your stories I get teared up reading them but honor for those who served and are still serving:)
Freedom is not Free
It comes with Our Proud men and women sering and preserve our country to be free:)
May God Bless all of the Veterans in All Wars and a Great salute to them all:)
i have many friends and family that have served in the military. i don’t want to start naming names because i don’t want to exclude anyone in case i forget one or two. in any event, for what it’s worth, my father served in the italian army as did nearly all the other men in my italian family. in italy, when a young man reaches 18 he has to serve in the italian military a minimum of 1 year. (of course, there are some exceptions to the rule.) also of note is that my godmother’s father and, consequently, my mother’s godmother’s husband (we are godmother-goddaughter for two generations) was a “higher up” in the italian army and actually served as the head of the italian army in algeria and madagascar for many years. i guess it just proves that military is military regardless of patronage and we definitely should remember ALL OF THEM during this holiday weekend. as i always say, stay strong and be blessed, my friends- because you are worth it!!! xoxo (psandbtw, i just wanted to mention that my grandfather was a prisoner of war in world war II and was fortunate enough to survive the whole ordeal. (he was captured in italy and transported to a nazi war camp somewhere in germany. i would give anything to find out which one he was taken to. unfortunately, my grandfather passed away many years ago and my family members don’t remember where he, along with others from his town, was taken to. if anyone has a website reference or some other way to find this information out perhaps you can reply to this post?? any tip will be much appreciated.) although, he was technically not military, he did endure much suffering in the war as did many of his counter-parts as part of that generation. i think that it would be great to remember him as well as the other prisoners of war and those afflicted by war in general. i love you nonno!!! god bless us all and continue to give us the courage to be brave. xoxo)
During the summer of 2000 my son Chris came to me and said mom I need you to go for a ride with me I asked him where we were going, he told me he needed me to sign some papers. I was thinking what did you do now?
We pulled up in front of the Air Force recruiters office. That is when I realized what was going on he signed up with the Delayed Entry Program and went to Basic Training in July 2001 after he graduated from high school.
When he finished with Basic Training and Tech School which he was in Fire Fighter training. He went to Minot, ND where he met his wife Nicole. During this time he had 3 deployments 2 to Kuwait and one to Iraq. He went to Colordado Springs where he was stationed at the Air Force Academy Base. Then they went to Ramsteing AFB. Germany where he was a fire, rescue instructor.
When they came back to the US they went to Las Vegas, NV where they gave birth to Triplets 2 Girls and one Boy.
Now they are in New Mexico and he just received his promotion to Master Sargent. During his time in the Military he has helped to implement programs and while at times it was really stressful I am so proud of him proudly serving our Country and all he has accomplished
I didnt realize that when a family member signs up for the Military the whole family serves with them and I am proud to say that I wouldnt have had it any other way.
He wanted to make his grandfather proud who was a WWII Veteran. He passed away in 2007 and I know he would be proud.
On December 12 1985 a plane crashed in Gander Newfoundland. On board were 248 sodiers of the acclaimed 101st Airborne Division….none survived. Task Force 3/502 had served 6 months on a peace keeping mission to the Sanai….no one anticipated such a huge loss of soldiers during peace time.
My husband SSG Richard S Nichols called me that December mornng from Gander. He was teasing me and making me guess where he was…I said Egypt cause you;re not coming home for two weeks!! Wrong!! He was in Gander and due home in three hours…..the Amy tried to give the families a gift and removed all the single soldiers from the plane and filled it with moms and dads, husbands and wives. Needless to say that didn’t work out well.
Of the 248 that died I knew 37 of them….my husband was a platoon leader and always brought soldiers home. So I don’t just honor my husband on Memorial Day….I honor those 37 and all of the soldiers that died that day. My son now proudly serves and wears the “Old Abe” on his shoulder…a proud member of the 101st!!!
Adam, good job of revising your request. Very reasonable and you have lots of good stories here to choose from. Wonderful families shared memories from all over the country and across several wars. I’m too old to dwell on this too long, so for me it’s back to flipping cards and contemplating sizing on skinny jeans.
Thank you sassyandclassy and Seanchai for your kind words. I really didn’t do much to deserve alot of praise, I was never in harms way, but thank you on behalf of those who are unable to. I entered this forum just to get the ball rolling and I think everyone who posted did a wonderful job of honoring their family members in the way they felt most comfortable. To those who objected, I do understand. We must adapt to a changing world. My husband and I no longer display a veterans bumper sticker, for example.
I haven’t been back to read all the posts because it brings back memories that I’d just as soon forget, but you all show great appreciation for all members of the armed services and that’s encouraging. I hope this feeling of patriotism will be passed on to future generations as well. I am still heartbroken to think of the families who have lost children, parents, and spouses and how they must miss them every day. We are so fortunate to live in America, but it comes at a high price. Always pray for peace. It’s not just a bumper sticker, it’s a future.
HELLO TO EVERYONE!!!!! AFTER READING THE POSTS I HAVE TEARS IN MY EYES AND CAN HARDLY SEE HOW TO WRITE THIS…
MY FATHER SERVED IN THE KOREAN WAR. HE WAS INJURED BUT RETURNED HOME. HE PASSED AWAY SEVERAL YEARS AGO AT THE EARLY AGE OF 46! I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN VERY PROUD OF MY FATHER AND HIS SERVICE TO OUR WONDERFUL COUNTRY!
I SALUTE EACH OF YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES WHO SERVED OUR COUNTRY AND DEFENDED OUR FREEDOM!!!!
WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO ALL WHO GAVE UNSELFISHLY!!!!!
GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES. GOD BLESS THE USA!!!!!!
MY FATHER SERVED IN WWI AS A 16 YR OLD & THEN AGAIN IN WWII. MY BROTHER ALSO SERVED SIMULTANEOUSLY IN WWII. MY FATHER GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY. MY NIECE RECENTLY TOLD ME THAT FATHER & SON RAN INTO EACH OTHER IN ITALY, WHICH I NEVER NEW. “FREEDOM ISN’T FREE”. I GREW UP WITHOUT A FATHER – HE DIED WHEN I WAS 6 YRS OLD & MY SIS 5. GOD BLESS OUR VETS, ACTIVE & THEIR FAMILIES!!!!
He was only 26 when he lost his life at Iwo Jima on February 24, 1945. A handsome young man, he never got to marry, raise a family, walk a daughter down the aisle, or play ball with a son. He gave his life serving his country honorably and bravely as a proud Marine. He served in Regiment USMC 5 Division.
The last letter he wrote to his widowed mother said this: “Here I sit on a sand ledge of my fox-hole writing on an ammunition box. As I turn completely around I can see the American flag hoisted high on the volcano which was captured after much struggle. Iwo Jima is a rough place and only God can know why, but He has been good to us as a nation in that we had air and naval superiority. Sit tight and if you have prayed as I have, will have more to talk about later. Love and God bless you. Melvin”
He never made it home, for he died defending the country he loved, the United States of America. It is with pride that I remember this young man on this 2016 Memorial Day, along with all brave service members who made the ultimate sacrifice. :heart:
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