In Gratitude.

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Many thanks to those who sacrifice for our freedoms.

My father served in the army and was assigned to the Counter Intelligence Corps.

An uncle served in the Coast Guard during the Korean War.

An uncle served as a bombardier in WWII.  His plane was shot down over occupied France.  He spent 2 years in a German POW camp.

An uncle served as a gunner in WWII.  His plane was shot down over occupied France.  He was the only survivor.

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8 Responses to In Gratitude.

  1. Roberta says:

    Your family has given a lot. Being in a German POW camp had to be terrifying. I salute and thank them all.

  2. Yeah, he weighed 86 pounds when he was finally released, Roberta. But he lived. My other uncle has a steel jaw – had his face shot off when his plan crash landed. My dad was too young to enlist but he did make it into the counter intelligence school, or whatever it’s called. Whenever I ask him what he did he always says, if I tell you I’ll have to kill you.

  3. Yeah, he weighed 86 pounds when he was finally released, Roberta. But he lived. My other uncle has a steel jaw – had his face shot off when his plan crash landed. My dad was too young to enlist but he did make it into the counter intelligence school, or whatever it’s called. Whenever I ask him what he did he always says, if I tell you I’ll have to kill you.

  4. OMG – the steel jaw. The pain and fear they endured must have been terrible. How amazing your one uncle made it through the camp and your other uncle through the injury. Your family was selfless.

  5. Well, that’s what young men did back then, Steph. My uncles were 18 years old. It’s pretty amazing. The uncle in the POW camp was wounded – shrapnel in his head – the French Underground took him to a doctor and tried to hide him and smuggle him back to England, but they were all captured. He went to a POW camp but his rescuers were executed. He’s since passed away but all his life he had vision and hearing problems because of the shrapnel.

  6. Sandra Cox says:

    Much, much gratitude to your family and all our vets.
    They made an interesting comment on NPR this morning. You may have heard it. One of the reasons there’s such a great divide in congress is because there’s so few vets in it these days to reach across the table to one another.

  7. That’s probably true, Sandra – the people in Congress have nothing in common, not even us.

  8. I salute you and all your family. It’s so important to remember this! Thanks for sharing, Julia.

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