Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day 2015
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Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day 2015

B-17 WWII

CL Whetstone at the Memphis Belle

WWII – so many young men and women were called into action. These were kids just out of high school who had to grow up really fast.

My dad was trying to find his way when Uncle Sam called his number. He joined the Army/Air Force, completed training, got married, and was shipped to England.

While in England and not on a bombing mission the soldiers could relax and have time to themselves on base. One day my dad was riding a bicycle and had a terrible wreck that
injured his knee. The doctors in the hospital would not let
him fly with his crew because he had to let his knee heal.

My dad told me that the crew that took off without
that day never came back. These were his friends, his
buddies, who flew in a B-17 together.  They never
made it home.

Dad was able to survive the war even though he was
shot down during a mission and became a POW in
Germany. He was reported MIA and my Mom was
even given a Purple Heart as they held a Memorial
Service for him at Barksdale AFB.

He was finally liberated and returned to his wife
and was able to tell me these stories. He made it
home, but so many never did.

Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day 2015

As we enjoy our American holiday called Memorial Day,
let’s take a moment to remember those who died in battles,
conflicts, wars, who gave their all while serving their
country. We salute you men and women!

Memorial Day 2015

Memorial Day 2015

 


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