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Old 05-24-2014, 06:24 PM   #1
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Memorial Day Salute to Veterans

My father was a veteran who died on Memorial Day two years ago. He served in the Navy during the Korean War on the USS Siboney, an aircraft carrier. So, Memorial Day is a bit more somber to me than other holidays, but it also makes me think more about the meaning and I'm thankful for all of the veterans who have served our country.

If you are a member of this forum and a veteran, or if you have a family member who served, please leave a post. I'd like to thank you.

Pictured is my father as a young man, prior to enlisting.
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Old 05-24-2014, 06:28 PM   #2
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This is a picture of an airplane that crashed on the deck of the USS Siboney, the carrier my dad was on. The Avenger (probably assigned to Composite Squadron 31 (VC-31)) missed the arresting wire on April 19, 1949. It ended up crashing into the island. The pilot survived, but a photographer, who was filming the landing, was killed; it was believed at the time that he was hit by the prop.
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Salute to all the veterans. Thank you.

My father served in the Korean war. Retired Army, Command Sergeant Major.

My son served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recently retired Army, Warrant Officer, OH-58 Pilot.
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Salute to all the veterans. Thank you.

My father served in the Korean war. Retired Army, Command Sergeant Major.

My son served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recently retired Army, Warrant Officer, OH-58 Pilot.
I'm thankful for their service. And many other countries should be thankful as well. The Sadams of this world would have their way if not for Americans willing to serve in order to protect freedom wherever it is threatened.
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Old 05-24-2014, 06:44 PM   #5
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Thanks to all that have served and currently serving. I have benefited from all who have served. I can't thank all that have enough. You have sacrificed for my family's freedom. There are no words that do justice. All I can merely say is THANK YOU!! I make sure my children understand the history of our country and the sacrifices that have been made for their freedom.

To those that have served, thank you for making my life, and more importantly, my children's lives better!
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One of my Grandfathers served in the USNR 1920-1945.My Father was US Army serving 1939-1945 and was in the drive across Europe into Germany(503 Ordnance Div.)I served in the USNR 1975-1981,most of my active duty was served onboard the USS America CVA-66 (Air Division,V-4 Div.)I believe those were the best years of my life,I wished I had known that then.My hats off to all who served,are serving,and especially those who didn't make it home.You will never be forgotten.
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Here in St Lou we have a place called the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery and it is home to 180K of our nations hero's.
My house was 3 blocks from there and over the course of 18 years I would visit it multiple times a week just for a walk and talk with those who couldn't answer me and I still visit weekly.
The oldest graves are from the civil war and on a daily basis there are 50-100 of our nation's finest coming home to their final resting place.
Each and every visit, I am humbled to be in their presence and sit and wonder what they saw in war and what their last moments were like.
On this and every Memorial Day, I say thank you for your sacrifice and for making our nation what it is and I will always remember that "Freedom isn't free".
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Originally Posted by MPO Southy View Post
One of my Grandfathers served in the USNR 1920-1945.My Father was US Army serving 1939-1945 and was in the drive across Europe into Germany(503 Ordnance Div.)I served in the USNR 1975-1981,most of my active duty was served onboard the USS America CVA-66 (Air Division,V-4 Div.)I believe those were the best years of my life,I wished I had known that then.My hats off to all who served,are serving,and especially those who didn't make it home.You will never be forgotten.
Thanks for your service MPO Southy. And for your father and grandfather.
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Thanks for starting this thread, Porcheville. I also consider Memorial Day a somber holiday, but also a time to celebrate our freedom.

My Grandfather was drafted into WWII as a bomber pilot. He flew B17's & spent 4 years as a POW in Japan.

My Dad (who died 1 1/2 years ago), served with the Marines - Recon. He wasn't able to tell us much about where he served as it was classified.

All veterans hold a special place in my heart. Our country owes them so much.

Here's a picture of my Dad in one of his proudest moments a few years ago.
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Thanks for your service MPO Southy. And for your father and grandfather.
It was our great honor to do so.Thank you.
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