Don't have a picture handy at the moment (we're on the road) but I do have one of my father in front of his B-24 with the crew. Flew a full combat tour from England during the war. Was shot down once and said that was enough. He finally retired from the USAF in 1967 - the same year I joined the "family business."
Twenty-five years later I decided it was time to do something else myself, however, if I had it to do over again I would in a heartbeat.
My wife's dad was a soldier in the pacific, and after the war joined the Air Force and served 20 years. His daughter - my charming wife - also served in the Air Force for 22 years.
Now we're a pair of retired Lt Cols and are having a great time courtesy of the U.S. government. We are grateful wards of our country though neither of us served in front line combat. We both admire and honor our fathers, who were in combat, much more than ourselves. :thumb:
I'll chime in... My dad was in the Army Quartermaster Corps and landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day plus One and helped supply the front line through France, Belgium and Germany.
His brother, my Uncle William, was killed in the crash of a B-25 in Australia in 1943 as a member of the Army Air Corps.
Like Arion, I too entered the USAF in 1967, February, and was in Saigon a week before Christmas a few months before my 21st birthday.
A year and a half later I ended up in Thailand... Flying combat missions over the Ho Chi Minh trail for three and a half years... finally coming home at the end of 1972.
I ended up retiring as an E-8 after 22+ years. Wouldn't trade a minute of it for anything.
My wife spent her four years in the U.S. Navy on (wait for it...) Andros Island in the Bahamas.
Her dad is a retired Senior Chief in the Navy with multiple combat tours in Korea and Vietnam.
We were the lucky ones and our thoughts today are with those families who weren't as lucky.
Memorial Day is much more than cookouts, car sales and beach time.
For all that serve or have served, for those that gave there lives, for those that have given there all and survived, and for the families that endure the hardships of those who serve. I salute you all.
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