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bucky

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Posted: 11/07/19 05:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I got a little moist around the eyes yesterday when my sister brought me a present.
My Dad was a WW2 grunt 7th Army, 63rd Division, 254th Regiment. Bulge survivor.
Somewhere along the line after coming home from the war his heavy winter hooded coat ended up in my uncles house on the family farm in High Point NC. As that generation is all gone (one only mentally) we have no way to know how it got there as it was Mom's family's farm. Cousins were cleaning out the house recently as their Mom (my aunt) has gone into a home.
They gave it to my sister to bring it to me. His initials and last name are stenciled in several places and there are several stains and one cigarette burn. One stain could be blood or mud, I can't tell.
He wasn't in the Army after the war so it wasn't a Korea era item.
He passed of a heart attack in 1983 while in England for a reunion. He was my hero and I miss him.

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All of Dad's gear and mine disappeared from Mom's home. An uncle Dad's youngest brother, it seems gave it to a museum thought. My overcoat, moths got into the closet It couldn't be saved.All have left is the belt from the overcoat. none of my meals except my daughter has my wings that were on my uniform. Trying to find replacements was not easy. Service Ring was stolen at Ft Eustis.
PX no longer sells Service Rings and becaause of the Belfort does not make military ring anymore. This all started in 08 an now the PX is just a shadow of hat it was.

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That's great, Bucky.
I had my dad's bombardier jacket I wore it until i out grew it. It made me happy having it.
I gave my youngest beloved daughter, my peacoat. She had her eye on it...[emoticon]
My ribbons & medals were stolen from my house, along with 2 revolvers...(I Hate Thieves)...[emoticon]

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I saved none of my uniform, except the belt for dress uniform. I used the field jacket, never worn as part of uniform, for years until it was worn to the point would not keep me warm. The belt? On my 45th birthday it still fit, but I stopped smoking cigarettes...
My thoughts as we approach Veterans day? 74 years after we celebrate our victory over the ideology the're very fine people.

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my dad was a US Marine, he served in the Pacific. I remember him talking about
being in Okinawa. I have very few things of his, a hat, shirt, mostly memories.


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I have in my "office" right above my computer, my Dad's Coast Guard Discharge Certificate framed with a couple of his medals. His father was never in the service, but his grandfather was as a bugle boy in the Spanish-American War. His Discharge Certificate and what few medals I could find sit on the wall, just to the right of my father's.
To the left of Dad's is his Grandfather's discharge certificate from the Civil War (1864) with a single medal I could salvage from the family.
I refuse to hang my discharge papers from the Viet Nam era as I feel unworthy to be placed up there with these icons of the family.
Yeah, Veterans Day means a lot to me!


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Unworthy, Nay: We were called and honor meant we answered the call. We did not develop bone spurs, Get Daddy to stop them from sending us to Nam when we would not show up for required Air National Guard training, because we were chicken---- and would not learn to navigate.We did not run to Canada either.
We did our duty whatever, was called of us to do. We served our Country.
You may not have been Sgt York, but were not called into that or some other battles.You may be suffering death every day from service too, if Disabled Veteran from service. Don't listen to those who cheat us, to those who denigrate us, those that try to refuse us honor. They love not their Country and what it has made possible for them, or for those who served our Country.
We didn't loose the war, those people did, Those people in Congress, and the Kerrys and Fondas and Browns. The North was ready to sue for peace! Congress seized defeat from the jaws of victory!! Those people/these people dishonored us and most especially the thousands who answered the call, and lost their lives, sacrificed, disgraced, dishonored by those no continuing the destruction of our Republic.
Hang those medals and certificates and stand proud. You have earned the honor!
Hooah!Hooah! I raise a glass in your honor!

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