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losack 06-05-2012 02:08 AM

My favoriite WWII Vet!
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Wednesday morning June 6, 2012, I have the privilege of escorting my Father on a Honor Flight from Oklahoma City to the war memorial in Washington D.C.

It is a unique trip because we will be in DC on the anniversary of D-day. This group in OKC puts these wonderful trips together. Dad is a Navy vet, 90 years young. He always has a story and is quick with a smile. He witnessed the signing of the Japanese peace treaty because his ship was moored to the Missouri for defensive purposes in case of a kamikaze attack. I'm not sure how many of those gentlemen are still alive but I'm sure the number is small and getting smaller every day!

I'm so proud of him and his service! I'm his youngest son at 50 years old. He's lost a wife (after 40 years of marriage)and a son (who was 22) but endured it all with grace.

I don't know why I felt the need to post this tonight. I'm just feeling love for him this evening while I'm enjoying my home that he and many men like him fought for in a war that truly shaped the world. They are the greatest generation.

Sorry for rambling. You can follow me on twitter @okieshooter for updates.

Gatoragn 06-05-2012 02:13 AM

The Honor Flight program is a great endeavor on behalf of the Greatest Generation. Give your father an extra hug on my behalf.

94browninghunt 06-05-2012 02:19 AM

True heroes!

canebrake 06-05-2012 02:25 AM

Tell him canebrake said "Thank You!"

My dad passed 12 years ago and I wish I could say the same to him this Wednesday. He went in spearhead on Normandy.

I'm glad you have this chance to share the experience with him.


PanBaccha 06-05-2012 12:23 PM

Kudos to your father for his service. Another great WWII vet I would like to celebrate with personally is Louie Zamperini, the subject-matter in Laura Hillenbrand's prestigious award-winning book: UNBROKEN. I was truly unaware of the sacrifices these men made particularly in the Pacific theatre.

losack 06-05-2012 12:50 PM

I'm in the middle of reading that book myself!

What a story and what a background as to his life prior to his service record.

I actually heard about that book reading an article about TV adventurer Bear Gryliss. He had just read the book and it inspired him.

The pacific theatre was difficult because the terrain was so different from anything we had dealt with before. Moisture and sand are not a good combination for any sort of weaponry. Not to mention poisonous snakes and insects.

Thanks for the thoughts!

Rentacop 03-14-2013 11:01 PM

Has anyone read Commando Kelly's book, One Man's War ?

It was once said of Kelly that, " There is no braver man alive or dead. "

locutus 03-23-2013 09:52 PM

It's hard to best 2LT Audie Murphy. A true hero's hero.

JTJ 03-24-2013 05:33 PM

There were a lot of heroes that did not get the recognition because of time and place. I have a friend that joined the Navy at 17 and was placed on a PT Boat in the South Pacific. He saw a lot of action. He stayed in the Navy and went on to UDT which evolved into the Seals. He is in his late 80's now and retired as a Master Chief. He and his wife are still very active in the Joe Foss Foundation, NRA and other shooting organizations.

Rentacop 03-24-2013 06:24 PM

An old WWII veteran bomber crewman told a crowd gathered at an air museum that the greatest heroes
" never came back " .

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