Our Fallen Heros, We Salute You

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-05-28 21:44:49 -0500
Started 2014-05-26 08:46:30 -0500

In honor of Memorial day, I would like to take a moment to remember those who have given the greatest sacrifice for our Country. I know many members here have served and have lost loved ones who have served our country bravely so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have.

Thank you.

I would like to remember those in my family who gave it all
My father, Robert 5th Armored Division, B company and Airborne, Korea
My husband's father, Harold served and fed the troops of Patton's army
My husband's cousin, Doug who died aboard the Franklin when she was sunk in WWII

Please, take a moment to share and remember those of yours who served.

19 replies

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-05-27 11:15:50 -0500 Report

I had 2 Uncles who served at Pearl. The weren't killed but was injured . Uncle George received 2 purple hearts, he was wounded and put in the hospital then had the hospital blown up. He recieved the CMH helping to evacuate others even though he was wounded himself. He never completely healed and was in pain the rest of his life. So I also wish to honor those who didn't die in wars but came home to die from their wounds later.
PS: I was a WAC.

alanbossman 2014-05-26 19:32:11 -0500 Report

I to salute all of our fallen hero's and to all the ones I served with in Vietnam rest in peace my fellow soldiers

stonehedge 2014-05-26 16:58:58 -0500 Report

My hero and best friend…landed our boys on the beaches in an landing craft in ww2
…he still lives…103 years old…good mind..ect…one of the nices guys I have ever known..I'm so lucky to know him…he only talked to me one time about the war…that was enough…we owe our survival to all great men of all wars…,god bless them all

jayabee52 2014-05-26 14:56:49 -0500 Report

My father was drafted into the Army toward the end of WW2. Had he chosen to serve until the end of the war, he probably would not have served very long. But he chose to get out after his draft was completed (2 yrs if I remember correctly) so he was sent to Germany, (since he spoke German) and served in the precursor to the CIA, and they offered him a position in the CIA. But all he ever wanted to do was farm, so he turned them down.

I currently have a son in the US Navy. He and his wife are currently in Japan where he serves aboard a Navy destroyer. My #2 son had been in the NV Ntl guard but is now mustered out. My #3 son is in college and is in ROTC and is studying to be a mental health counselor.

On this memorial day I salute all who gave the ultimate sacrifice! And i pray for the time when there will be no more wars and deaths from armed conflict.

James Baker

lanykins 2014-05-26 16:23:49 -0500 Report

Your father served very well in WWII and I am glad he could return to farming, which is much needed. Your sons are all proudly serving their country. Mental health counselors are badly needed in this country, especially if they have returned from war. I too honor all who gave the ultimate sacrifice! I also pray that our countries will learn that war and death do not bring any of us to the lives we want to live. Thank you for all you said here, James

robertoj 2014-05-26 13:15:46 -0500 Report

I salute our fallen brethren. It makes me sick knowing that many of the deaths were unnecessary. I'm sick of generals being treated as heroes while they send young men and women to their deaths from golf courses and clubs. They live off the legacy of heroic generals like "Vinegar"Joe Stilwell. I'm also sick of civilian leaders that did everything they could possibly do to avoid combat pushing for more war and.voting against VA funding. I'm sick of veterans dying because the brass denied using harmful chermicals.

lanykins 2014-05-26 16:46:21 -0500 Report

I feel sick of all these things too. I was in college and in my 20s during Vietnam. I worked in the Registrar 's office in college where I did all I could to help young men stay out of that dreadful "war". Then the generals and civilian leaders took away all exceptions to avoid going to that far off place and dying needless deaths. To this day, I cannot bear the memory of Vietnam. Now we have been having all these battles in other far off places where our men and women are dying in incredible numbers and coming home broken from their injuries and PTSD. The chemicals used are a terrifying thing that happened to our soldiers and now innocent civilians trying to live their lives.

I salute all our fallen men and women who have gone to war either willingly or unwillingly. They all served their country in an effort to keep us free. God, please hear our prayers and not take us into these unthinkable conflicts again. Please bring home safely all our soldiers still serving where this country need not be. Amen

lanykins 2014-05-26 13:15:09 -0500 Report

I think of my father as a hero. He survived WWII and Korea, serving as an Army chaplain. Chaplains could not bear arms, yet when a soldier was wounded and lying in the field, my father would go out to him, sit on the ground next to him, hold his hand or his head, talk with him, pray with or for him and stay there beside him, unarmed in the field, until the medics could take him away. Then my father went on to the next. God bless you daddy I love you and am so proud of you and I miss you very much.

robertoj 2014-05-26 15:33:53 -0500 Report

Chaplains were very important and had the dreaded duty of issuing last rites. They kept huamity in inhumane circumstances.

lanykins 2014-05-26 16:51:47 -0500 Report

Thank you robertoj. I very much like your description of keeping humanity in inhumane circumstances. That was the ultimate chaplains could do for the soldiers, our country and our God.

jigsaw 2014-05-26 12:01:03 -0500 Report

At the very least, a salute to our fallen heroes, and a prayer for those that are defending us!

Hops 2014-05-26 09:55:24 -0500 Report

A dear friend of mine also served in Patton's 5th Army. I met John Pfitsch in 1973 when I was freshman in college. John wanted to meet me because he was born in India and my sister moved to India after marrying her husband who is a native Indian. It was not until 25 years later John began talking about his experiences in WWII. I am most fortunate to have known this especially gracious man. A truly gentle man. My father David was in the Navy at the end of WWII and was the first family member able to afford college through the generosity of the GI Bill. My step nephew Christopher served three tours as a Marine in Iraq after the Shock and Awe attack on Baghdad. A talented folk guitarist named Joe Rau here in Minneapolis served in Vietnam. My friend Mark Nissen also served an Army tour in Vietnam.

God bless each and every one of them.

Jan8 2014-05-26 09:09:54 -0500 Report

I can't imagine giving more for your country than your life, I would like to say Thank you to all of our fallen heroes and their families.