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    I remember.....

    My sisters husbands Father's funeral and the Naval Hero's send-off when he passed.

    My father talking about Korea and other action.

    My Grandfather speaking of the sacrafices made, the gut-checks that went down, and how America won this planet back from the brink of destruction.

    I also pay respect each year at the Merchant Marine Memorial in town as well.

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    It's a different place now, and, not very much better IMHO.
    We really could use an injection of the Greatest Generation right about now.


    My home butt's up against the Fort MacArthur museum and base. I come from a war-time town. I tear up everytime the Freindship Bell rings.

    I will never Forget and I owe my Freedom to those that have gone before me and paid the ultimate sacrafice. I am so very, VERY proud of them that words cannot do my feelings justice.

    Thank You.

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    Memorial Day

    Hey...Next week is Memorial Day,for most folks it's the unofficial start of summer. espescially out here where I live, a couple miles from Seaside Park N.J. They don't think about what the meaning of this holiday is. Anyway I will remember my father Francis J. he was in the Army from 1937 to the end of WWII. He was with General Patton as an infantryman,and was on the second wave on Omaha Beach, and he and his company never stopped fighting until it was all over. My father never talked to me about the ugliness of that conflict. He would only tell my mother things..pretty wild stories. I lost my Dad last October to several illnesses. He was one month shy of his 90th. birthday. I miss him. Here's to my Dad and to all the other men and women who served this great nation in our time of need. God Bless each and everyone of them.

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    I will remember my Father, Lawrence C. USAF, veteran of Korea and Vietnam.
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    retirement 1971


    Also a special salute to my Step Son Zachary G. who reports to Lakeland for USAF basic training in August and to his friends Mike L. and Andrew B. serving in the Army and Marines. Stay safe guys, I'm proud of you.
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    Thumbs up

    I'll remember my father who served in the 107th Cavalry, and yes they were the last of the horse Cavalry in 1937. They went mechanized in 1940 and off to WW-II.

    I'll remember my father in law who served in the USN in WW-II.

    I'll remember Uncle Mike who served in Vietnam War.

    I'll remember a lot of friends to numerous to list.

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    History of Memorial Day

    I was going through Military.com and came upon a whole page of Memorial Day writings, I thought may interest some. It starts off with the history of the holiday, but if you look at the tool bar on the left there is more...the one titled Memorial Day's Meaning is long but touching.
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    I'll remember Fred Pruden. He and I served together for almost two years on Okinawa. At the time, he was an E-7 and I was an E-5. We were both ASA. If you know anything about ASA, you know that there were no officers. Our officers were all Military Intelligence. Only the guys who did the real work were ASA.

    In 1970, my four year enlistment was up. Fred wanted me to reenlist. It would have meant a $10,000 reenlistment bonus (no small amount of change in 1970) and another stripe. It was tempting.

    Reenlisting would probably have included a tour in 'Nam. Like the current wars, we had no idea when they would end. I had done my time. I volunteered rather than be drafted. I had fulfilled my obligation to my country.

    It's funny now when you look at the current crop of politicians how many have not served in the military.

    I think it should be a prerequisite for any elected office. That would sure thin the herd of candidates.

    But anyway, this Memorial Day, I will remember SFC Frederick William Pruden. You can find him on the Vietnam Memorial Wall....Panel 06W...Line 035

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    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank45 View Post
    Hey...Next week is Memorial Day, ... Here's to my Dad and to all the other men and women who served this great nation in our time of need. God Bless each and everyone of them.
    Thanks Frank45 for resurrecting this old post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wandering Man View Post
    Thanks Frank45 for resurrecting this old post.

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    No thanks to me.Thank the men and women who served with us, who made the extreme sacrifice, and those who served in the past and present. God bless all of them and God bless this great nation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MorganOverlook View Post
    I'll remember Fred Pruden. He and I served together for almost two years on Okinawa. At the time, he was an E-7 and I was an E-5. We were both ASA. If you know anything about ASA, you know that there were no officers. Our officers were all Military Intelligence. Only the guys who did the real work were ASA.

    In 1970, my four year enlistment was up. Fred wanted me to reenlist. It would have meant a $10,000 reenlistment bonus (no small amount of change in 1970) and another stripe. It was tempting.

    Reenlisting would probably have included a tour in 'Nam. Like the current wars, we had no idea when they would end. I had done my time. I volunteered rather than be drafted. I had fulfilled my obligation to my country.

    It's funny now when you look at the current crop of politicians how many have not served in the military.

    I think it should be a prerequisite for any elected office. That would sure thin the herd of candidates.

    But anyway, this Memorial Day, I will remember SFC Frederick William Pruden. You can find him on the Vietnam Memorial Wall....Panel 06W...Line 035
    I'm surprised that I hadn't run across your post before now.

    I, too (very proud to say), was in The Agency from 1966 through 1970. SFC Frederick William Patrick Pruden (crooked little pipe, and all) was my "Field First" while I was assigned to Company G, 2nd Battalion, USASATR, from December 1966 through June 1967, while I was an 05K student. Fred and I got to be pretty good friends while I was at Devens. In fact, we once went woodchuck hunting near his home over in Stamford, New York. He had several guns at his mother's house, including a Colt Model 1917 .45 revolver, which he sold to me. First handgun I ever owned!

    I'll always remember Fred as being a Hell of a good man, and one of the best soldiers I ever knew.

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    Time again to thank the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice so we can continue to enjoy our freedoms.
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    I will remember my Uncle Bob, was an aircraft gunner. He fought over France and Italy in WWII. I aquired some of his medals through my father.

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    My Dad, a Pearl Harbor vet, D-Day vet, Korean War Vet and Viet Nam Vet (1962), Retired after 22 years as a major He passed away 3 years ago at age 86.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NMpops View Post
    My Dad, a Pearl Harbor vet, D-Day vet, Korean War Vet and Viet Nam Vet (1962), Retired after 22 years as a major He passed away 3 years ago at age 86.
    Sounds like he was one tough man.
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