My Dad Asked Me This Afternoon

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  1. Annie
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    Know what I was doing right now, a long time ago? Links at site:

    http://daisycutter.blogspot.com/2005/06/do-you-know-what-today-is.html

    My dad was quite busted up on D-day. He was part of the Big Red 1:

    http://www.bigredone.org/
     
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    My dad was in the 2nd wave, a little before 7 am:

    http://grumbles.mu.nu/archives/085817.php

     
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    and died that June morning. I pray that we Americans of this generation may be equal to the task of conquering terrorism that your father and his generation were in conquering facism. Now I think I know you a little better than just as a person who posts here. I'm reminded of the day, Memorial Day 1992, that I watched the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Reverance, and respect.
     
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    My Dad was also there. He was in an armored unit that went in the second day. He passed away in 86 and my memories of the things he told me have grown fuzzy over the years. I do know they saw a lot of action in the hedgerows and he was part of Pattons 3rd Army.

    My mother, being in the Army Air Corps watched the planes taking off and gathering for the bombing runs and air drops.

    My grandfather was a cavalryman in WW1.

    I was an infantryman in Vietnam.

    My nephew was a bradley driver with the 3rd infantry in the invasion of Iraq.

    My family has just a bit of military history.

    I have started writing down bits of memories from my experiences to help answer questions of the family members when I'm gone. That way they don't have to try and remember the verbal tales and chats and have a more accurate record of things.
     
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    My grandfather was a "Saving Private Ryan" called back after being shipped to England for D-Day as both his brothers and my maternal granduncle were killed in the Pacific, and he was the only surviving male for two families. My great grandfather charged up San Juan Hill with Teddy and the rough riders. Before that we were Scots. I honor you, sir, your service to this country, and those of your family. It's a small world isn't it. And smaller still when we, as Americans, remember, who we are, and where we came from.
     
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    Your Dad and my half-brother may have served together, gaffer (my family tree is quite a sprawling mess, LOL). God bless all the brave members of our armed forces, past and present.
     
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    God bless and save all who served.

    None of us would be alive now if not for what they did.
     
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    Since we're talking about family...

    My cousin is a LtCdr in the Navy, and has deployed at least once to combat zones since the GWOT started. I have another cousin in the USAF who has been in Japan for the last five years.

    My father was a Navy pilot, flew in and out of Vietnam for four years delivering supplies.

    My paternal grandfather was a Army Air Corps/USAF mechanic, and a veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

    My maternal grandfather was a cook for the Navy, and served in the Pacific theater for three years.

    And if I traced my family tree back correctly, I have an ancestor from Arkansas who was a private with a volunteer regiment for the Union, and another ancestor from Alabama (?) who fought for the South.
     
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    Thanks Jimmy! Well my dad is sitting right in my kitchen. :laugh: Well he is, but seriously none of those guys are forgotten, nor is anyone who ever served honorably! But for their culminating efforts, we would not be where we are today. :salute:
     

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