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Old 12-07-2018, 02:02 PM   #1
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Remember Pearl Harbor

This has nothing to do with horse racing, but I can't let December 7 pass without saying something.

My father enlisted after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, on this day 77 years ago, and served with distinction in the Pacific. As a little boy, I would sit on the edge of the bathtub and watch him shave. In my mind, I can still see the scar on his upper right arm where he was shot by a sniper on one of those jungle islands where he was building landing strips for our planes. So many of my generation have memories of our fathers and their military service during WWII. (And as I type this, I'm thinking of my friend Galen, who fought in another war for our country.)

I seldom switch on the news these days as there are things about my country that I no longer recognize and frankly find appalling. One thing that has never changed, however, is my gratitude and respect for the men and women who have served. Thank you, veterans. And let's all take a moment and remember Pearl Harbor.

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Old 12-07-2018, 02:53 PM   #2
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Well said Mick. With all the nonsense going on today it's very easy to forget the sacrifices made by the men and women of the greatest generation. God bless those vets still alive today and may the ones who have passed rest in His peace. And yes our friend Mitch served our country during the Viet Nam conflict and was wounded. Let us never forget those who served and still serve today.
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Thanks ever so much for your Dad's service and all his sacrifices to our great country during WWII. He truly is a great American hero.

And thanks to all those that patriotically support our great Veterans both past and present.

For those that didn't serve in the military your patriotism to our country is the foundation for our future. Thank you law enforcement, fire fighters,first responders and good old Joe 6 pack or better known as the patriotic citizen.Your truly the best and "Above the Rest."


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My father also joined the army after Pearl Harbor. He was stationed in the Aleutian Islands in close proximity to the Japanese. He turned 93 two weeks ago. As a sort of a tribute, I carry one of his dog tags with me.
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Good Job Mick

Both my father and father-in-law served with the Allied forces in Europe in WW2 and both came back mentally and phsically scarred from the conflict. I too stand in awe of all veterans of conflict as they selflessly give of themselves to preserve and protect our democracy and way of life. So my friend I will raise a glass and offer a toast of gratitude on this day to all living and passed on Pearl Harbor Day.

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God Bless those who stood up to tyranny and prevailed at a terrible cost.
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Old 12-09-2018, 10:52 AM   #7
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My father also joined the army after Pearl Harbor. He was stationed in the Aleutian Islands in close proximity to the Japanese. He turned 93 two weeks ago. As a sort of a tribute, I carry one of his dog tags with me.
My dad also was up there, for a while. As an engineer, he built roads ... the Alcan Highway first (not sure what he did in the Aleutians), then his group went to Burma to build the Burma Road, where a bridge was blown up, under him. He was injured but not seriously. He and his 3 brothers all served, one a Navy fighter pilot, not sure what my other two uncles did, .... but my aunts tell of when they were leaving, (their family home still belongs to us ... my cousins have it) my grandmother standing in her dining room, looking out the windows watching as they drove down the long driveway, with tears streaming down her face. Somehow, miraculously, her 4 boys all came back. We forget how much pain was endured even by those who did not actually go, to say nothing of that which was endured by those who lost friends and family.

On a lighter note .. one of my aunts on my mom's side, was a nurse in the army. (Actually she ended up in the convent, and a rather famous nationally known nun-educator and college president). She was in London during the bombing, (the blitzkrieg), and was the charge nurse on her floor. One evening General Eisenhower (the Allied Commander-in-chief) came to visit the troops on her floor, and was there for quite a while. At some point she told him "I'm sorry sir, but visiting hours are over, my patients need their sleep". haha She actually kicked a future President of the United States off her floor, and if you knew her, it was totally in character. She was the only woman in her law class etc etc etc, as well as being known for her constant stream of Irish jokes. They were a great generation.

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