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My father, W.C. "Skeeter" Grant, served in WWII. Up until the day he died his DOB on his drivers license was one year off because he lied about his age so he could enlist early.
He was a member of the OSS so many of the documents regarding his service were just declassified in 2009 where we learned that besides the honor received below, he was also instrumental in assisting in the release of POW's.
This weekend I honor and say thanks to all who have and are currently serving to protect our freedom.
+1. thanks for posting.
I need more than 1 upvote for posts/threads like this.
Thanks to any and all that have served, are serving and will serve.
We live as a free nation enabling us to be on boards like this, and so many other privileges because of our soldiers who have served
Thank you. I appreciate your appreciation. After many years I'll be getting out honorably to have served. Next step in life is to go work at the airport in Austin, Texas baby. And I cannot wait! It will be my first time in Austin.
But I will miss the military. Your father was a great man.
Thanks for sharing your father's story with us, papa. I am a Vietnam veteran and appreciate your kind thoughts for vets. However, those of us who came home have our own holiday in November. Memorial Day is for those who in the words of Abraham Lincoln, "gave their last full measure of devotion". I lost three close friends on a hill just south of the DMZ called Fire Base Sarge when the NVA began their Spring Offensive of 1972. I will spend some time thinking about them on Monday and wondering for the thousandth time why I wasn't picked for that mission instead of one of them.
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there isn't anything I can say besides thank you. No words will ever begin to mean as much as what the real men and women of this country have sacrificed.
There is a very good movie on the HBO channels this weekend call "Taking Chance". Its about a young Marine killed in action...............bring some tissue. The movie really brings home the sacrifice military men and women face everyday. I made my college age son watch it last year................
"Leadership is wisdom, courage and great carelessness of self"
Thanks for the post Papa. The holiday has always meant a great deal to me because of our family history with military service. Now I really think about it as my son just graduated basic training at Fort Jackson and has moved on to Fort Lee where he is being trained as a striker mechanic. I am so very proud of him and who he is becoming! God bless all folks out there with family members that are putting their lives on the line for our freedom.
Pinning in honor of all our men and women who have protected and continue to protect this country.
thanks to you also. we couldn't have done it without your support,
Thanks papa, I'll be in about a year and I hope to enroll at UT. While I actually have that to look forward to this weekend is my friends who don't. Rip Cpl Jabari Thompson, Sgt Mark Bradley, and Sgt Lucas Pyeatt.
Taking Chance is indeed a really moving film. Kevin Bacon has never done better IMO. Very appropriate for this weekend.
As an USAF retiree (1986-2007), I extend a hearty THANK YOU for this post and the heartfelt sentiments about your Papa.
"I don't want to talk about things, I'd rather do things. We just talked, now it's time to do!"
An upvote for the post, and the profoundest upvote of all for those who have served, and served today.
Including my own father, Roger Edwards - USMC, WWII (1924-2011). One of the lucky ones on his way - literally - to join the upcoming invasion of the Japanese home islands when Truman dropped the atomic bombs ... no invasion necessary, tens (hundreds?) of thousands of American lives saved. Including, he had no doubt, his own.
Semper Fi, Dad.
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As an USN veteran (1996-2006), I would like to thank you and the rest of the board for your stories, service, and support. I can only speak for myself but serving my country was the best decision I've made. God Bless every single man and woman who has served, is currently serving or will serve in the future.
Just curious how many Japanese civilians died during those 2 bombs ?
Thanks to all of our service men and women, and thank you to God for giving them the courage to sacrifce That protects and keeps us all.
This needs an upvote for every red-blooded American - or guest - that reads it. What two a-holes down-voted it!
A lot. But my purpose was not to derail the thread, but rather simply to relate the story of one veteran's experience at the end of WWII. Take it for what it's worth to you, if anything.
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You didn't derail anything as the question posed tried to. Very diplomatic response. I appreciate your story and your fathers service. My own father was a pilot in WWII and flew B17 and B24 bombers. I still wish he was here to enjoy.
Have A Great Memorial Day!!
You didn't. the maroon who asked the question was trying to derail it. A better question would be how many more lives were saved because it ended the war. But lets not go there.
The real answer is far, far less than would have died in a land invasion.
Thank you to ALL who have served this great nation, including my late father who flew 29 combat missions in WWII and my son, who fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom the first 15 months we were there.
God Bless you all.
My grandfather served in the T-Patch division. It was called that because it was made up of mostly Texans, but he was from Indiana. When he landed, I believe in Italy somewhere, he had his middle finger shot off, then later that day took shrapnel to the back/shoulder and left knee. They bandaged him up and he continued fighting up through Italy and I believe into Germany. Never met him. I can't pretend to understand what he went through, or what our soldiers are going through now. All I can do is thank everyone who has served and is serving.
Several of us went out to DFW National Cemetary and planted flags on all 27,000 grave sites.
A small token of appreciation for all of those who served our nation. Hard to imagine this thread getting down votes. Odd.
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