I went through two pages of posts, and there is no mention that today is Veterans Day, despite the fact that virtually everyone in this group knows someone is in the military, or is a veteran of the US Armed Forces. So...here is my shout-out to our vets, present and past.
Who are the vets in your family?
Both of my grandfathers served in the US Army. My grandfather Ralph ("Papa") served from 1942 - 1945 in the South Pacific during WWII---he was an E-6 assigned to an infantry unit. Grandpa Richard ("Dick") served from 1947 - 1950 as a cook in Germany; he was an E-4.
My uncle Larry served in the Marines in Vietnam as an infantryman; he was honorably discharged as an E-5 and served from 1965 - 1968.
Uncle Ron served in the US Air Force during Vietnam, but didn't actually serve in-country, instead he served in Nebraska and the Phillipines. He served from 1967 - 1971.
Uncle Roy served in the Florida National Guard in the early 80s, so he isn't technically a veteran because he never served on active duty, but I feel he's worth mentioning.
Both of my son's great-grandfathers (who are both still living) served in WWII. Great-grandpa "Lucky" served in an Army tank division in Germany as an E-4. Great-grandpa Mel served 10 years in the Navy as a fighter pilot (O-3) from 1944 - 1954, and 10 years in the Air Force as an E-6 avionics instructor, and was allowed to retire as an O-3 in 1964 from the Air Force, as O-3 was the highest rank he held on active dury.
I personally served in the US Air Force on active duty from June 13, 2001 - November 18, 2003. I was honorably discharged as an E-3, and served in the Operation Southern Focus bombing campaign.
(November 2003 in San Francisco, California)
Let's hear about the veterans you know! Feel free to share pictures.
"Roger that. Over."
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