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A Veteran's's Day story.

Bubba : 11/11/2019 7:05 am
I post this with current variations every year.

My father and 3 friends were at the Giants game when the Pearl Harbor attack occurred. It was announced at the game. The next day all 4 enlisted. My father landed in Normandy during the D day invasion. Up to the day he passed he spoke very little if it all about the experience. He shunned any gratitude given him except to say the true heroes were the ones who did not return. The WW II vets returned home, went to work raised families and went about their business. Many suffered in silence. At the age of 90 my father was diagnosed with PTSD. He very rarely let on to us anything was wrong. It wasn't until my youngest son enlisted that he finally spoke, only to him, about some of his war experiences. My son to his credit will not tell any of us what he said as that was my father's wishes. Many of my friends who have veteran father's tell similar stories. They were truly our greatest generation.

My son is expected to return home from a middle east tour soon and we could not be prouder and more thankful of him and all those he serves with.
Good story and not unlike many WWII vets  
Sec 103 : 11/11/2019 7:21 am : link
that I got to know.
Thank your son for his service and the nicer story is that he gets to get home with no issues. May it be that way for you and him.
Bubba, thanks for sharing your Dad's experiences.  
Giants61 : 11/11/2019 7:24 am : link
Our thanks to your son for his service. Happy Veteran's Day to all the Veterans
Thank you to your family  
Steve L : 11/11/2019 7:27 am : link
For their service. I wish your son a speedy trip home.

I recently sold a car to a veteran who stepped foot in Okinawa On day two. Got wounded on day 10 and was back with unit soon after. He fought his way through the rest of the battle. He is 96 and got his first lease (three years) through me. When he picked up how car, he thanked and complimented me. Then he shook my hand and said “I just want you know that you’ve earned a customer for life.” He laughed at his own joke and drove away. So funny.
Thank you for offering this perspective.  
CT Charlie : 11/11/2019 7:28 am : link
My father was serving on the light aircraft carrier U.S.S. Princeton when it was sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. My mother was a member of the first cohort of women to serve in the WAVES. My father, who died in 1996, talked somewhat about his experiences, and the story of the Princeton was well documented. My mother served in a top-secret department that tested hull designs in suburban D. C. She died in 2016, and today would have been her 99th birthday. All of us need to be more grateful for the service and sacrifice of millions of veterans.
Bubba...  
rmc3981 : 11/11/2019 7:40 am : link
God bless your dad and your son. My dad served in the Philippines in WWII and I have been to Normandy seven times to honor the incredible brave service of those men that landed there, like your father. I find myself going back every year now. Without men like your dad and son, this world would be a much different place.
Great  
AcidTest : 11/11/2019 9:04 am : link
story. Thanks to all those who served, and do so today. God bless our veterans and service people.
Thanks for sharing and  
Simms11 : 11/11/2019 9:23 am : link
for your Father's service. They were truly the greatest generation. I served myself for 30 years and so I know the sacrifice that's paid by serving.

Happy Veteran's Day to all Veterans past and present!
The Greatest Generation indeed.  
Britt in VA : 11/11/2019 9:25 am : link
I think about it often.
My uncle was a submariner in WW II, and was one of the lucky ones.  
Red Dog : 11/11/2019 1:40 pm : link
Three consecutive boats failed to return from the next war patrol after he left them, some of the 52 American boats still on eternal patrol.

Honor the memory of all who served.
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