Air Force & Viet Nam
An air force, also known in some countries as an air army, is in the broadest sense, the national military organization that primarily conducts aerial warfare. Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. /5
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Some of my flesh and blood that served our country. Laurel Brown, Ray Brown, Travis Brown and Paul Brown served their country honorably in the Navy, Army and Air Force. Three have gone to their eternal reward and one still lives, Love you my brother and Thanks for your service to our country. Many others of my family went to wars from the Civil War to the Viet Nam war. All came home for which we are all grateful. So many of our veterans gave their all on the battle field for the cause of freedom. WE OWE THEM. MAY OUR GOVERNMENT TAKE HEED.
Just took a satellite view of my stomping grounds in Viet Nam. No surprise that nothing looked the same. Most all the landmarks are gone, even the large cemetery that was out side the compound perimeter. The only thing I could recognize was the railroad , highway 1 and the club the CB's built. There are large buildings and homes where the compound was. The area around Da nang has sprald out all the way to red beach where our compound was' Just goes to show nothing stays the same except in an old mans memories. I always thought that place could have been a tropical paradise. Almost everyone could have a pool in their back yard, curtsey of the battle ship New Jersey and the US Air Force. Such a wast of life and money,
Thank You & God Bless all of those who have served in any branch of the US military. Thank You & God Bless those who are now serving including my nephews Brad Evans, Chad Evans, Robert Schuelke ( all US ARMY)& my niece Colleen Sexton (US Air Force) & my niece Cynthia Bustamante who served in the US Army. Thank You & God Bless the spouses & families that stay home & hold down the fort while their loved ones keep us free including Laurel Evans, Malinda Evans & Bridget Schuelke Thank You to all the ones who have gone on including my Dad's William R Evans (ww1 US Air Force & US Army) Robert B Evans ( Korean War US Navy) & my brother Kenneth Larry Evans Sr. (Viet Nam war US Army) And those who made the ultimate sacrifice for God, Our country & All of us. You are all our heroes and will be honored & remembered.
I must speak of the VA scandal. We in the military have known this since the Viet Nam war. If you have to go to the VA for medical care there is a good chance you won't survive. Not all VA hospitals are bad.but when they are bad they are worse than bad. In 1979 I raised my hand and vowed (made a promise from my heart in front of God and country) to defend this nation against all enemies foreign or domestic. In exchange for 20 years of my life, giving up freedom of choice and where I wanted to live, and for not the greatest pay in the world, the government promised to take care of me the rest of my life through retirement pension, use of base facilities such as legal, commissary, and health benefits. This VA scandal has me down right livid.I am outraged to the point I'm almost ashamed to call myself an American. It's not about me. I made sure that I have civilian insurance in case I get sick. But my brethren, from the Air Force, Marines, Army, Navy, and Coast Guard sometimes don't have the benefits that I ...
March 1st. Day one of the annual Air Force tradition of "Mustache March" - a tradition born out of the Viet Nam era that originated to pay homage to an Ace pilot named Robin Olds - nicknamed "the Wolf of Kunsan" who was famous for his out of regs handle bar mustache that made him somewhat of a folk hero in Korea. Although he was ordered by the CJSAF to shave his mustache upon returning to the U.S., his influence lives on. Every March Airmen around the AF grow their mustaches - normally to the chagrin of their wives and girlfriends as a good natured attempt to buck the AF regs. I normally don't participate, but since I DID participate in "No Hair November" - I may as well grow out the "soup strainer." I doubt that I will win any Tom Selleck awards - and REALLY hope that my wife doesn't try and buy me an ice cream truck by the end of the month because that's just creepy!
Over the past week or so the news media has informed us of the deaths of no less than four Hollywood celebrities who were deserving of their recognition for the entertainment they gave to the American public during their careers. Now I find myself wondering if I fell asleep during the 6:00 news tonight or did the media just forget to mention the death of an 83 year old gentleman from a small town in Miss. called Hattiesburg who died after battling Parkinson's Disease for twenty years. This man was probably never seen on the silver screen or even on any television show or even a commercial. He does not have a star on the Hollywood walk of fame and many Americans have never even heard the name Colonel George Robert Hall. Those who have know that he served his country in the US Air Force and that his plane was shot down in Viet Nam in 1965. He was captured and tortured by the Viet Cong and held prisoner at the Hanoi Hilton and other POW camps in and around Hanoi for seven and a half years. Say what you will ...
A Walking Story...PB&J part 2...My Daddy went to West Point. He joined the Air Force so he could fly F-4s. He loved 'em. The only way to fly em regularly was to volunteer for the war in Viet Nam. He did and was stationed at a couple of bases in Thailand over a period of ten years or so. He earned himself a whole chest full of medals. And, he got shot down three times. He never got captured; always managed to evade the enemy. Uncle Sam told him he didn't need to go back but he did. Worked his way up to full Colonel. He loved air to air combat and the boys he flew with. And Daddy loved the Officer lifestyle. I never saw him much when I was growing up. My Mom divorced his after he went back the first time. She wanted a live husband, not a dead hero is what she always said. They remained good friends over the years and could talk and party together like old school chums. Heck they were and are old school chums. They went to school together from the time they were in Kindergarten. He never remarri ...
Little Known Facts about Rana Russell Strasser on her Birthday. Rana has spent more time in the US Air Force than most people who retired from the Air Force. Her first 20 years were as a daughter of an Air Force officer who flew fighters in WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam. She then spent 6 years as an enlisted mans wife in the Air Force.
The Marine Corps is the only branch of the U.S. Armed Forces that recruits people specifically to Fight. The Army emphasizes personal development (an Army of One), the Navy promises fun (let the journey begin), the Air Force offers security (its a great way of life). Missing from all the advertisements is the hard fact that a soldier's life is to suffer and perhaps to die for his people and take lives at the risk of his/her own. Even the thematic music of the services reflects this evasion. The Army's Caisson Song describes a pleasant country outing. Over hill and dale, lacking only a picnic basket. Anchors Aweigh the Navy's celebration of the joys of sailing could have been penned by Jimmy Buffet. The Air Force song is a lyric poem of blue skies and engine thrust. All is joyful, and invigorating, and safe. There are no land mines in the dales nor snipers behind the hills, no submarines or cruise missiles threaten the ocean jaunt, no bandits are lurking in the wild blue yonder. The Marines' Hymn, by contr ...
January 12, 1962. President John F Kennedy authorizes "Operation Ranch Hand" in which the US Air Force will drop millions of gallons of the defoliating "Agent Orange" on the jungles of Viet Nam, and Laos. Years later, thousands of Marines, Army, and Navy personnel would develop health issues, including cancer due to exposure to Agent Orange.
thinking of two veterans who changed my life and made it better. my husband, Duane Mesloh, -Air Force-retired. Duane was 25 when he went to Viet Nam in 1963. we were engaged, not married . He said when he told his family, a couple of them said they had never heard of Viet Nam . He weighted about 160 pounds, 6 feet tall. I drove him to the Denver Airport where he caught a flight to Travis AFB and from there to Viet Nam. One year later, I picked him up at the Denver Airport- He had lost 25 pounds, his face was death white and he was limping. He told me he just couldn't eat because of the heat and humidty-it had been a really long year and he was limping because he had made a hand delivered letter run and twisted his ankle as he jumped off a plane, a week before. He didn't talk about Viet Nam then and still hasn't to this day -but I think it had been a long hard year and folks sure had heard about Viet Nam by then. We got married, got sent to Texas and in 1967, Duane was assigned to the Aerospace R ...
Well, after a very emotional filled day yesterday, I was able to finally get some sleep last night. Thank you to everyone for your kind words and the congratulations. It means more than words can every say. It was a great day to be with my family, my mom, my 3 kids and 1 "adopted" child and my best friend. To be placed on the Hall Of Fame with such an elite group is very humbling and I think it is just sinking in. So once again, thank you all very much. Today, we remember our veterans, who fought and continue to fight for our freedom. God Bless all of our veterans, and especially my two brothers, Fred & John who served in the Air Force and the Army during one of our country's most controversial times, the Viet Nam era. I love you both and I am proud to say you are my brothers! Thank you!
Last night I went to visit my dear friend Jim Price again. On this visit he said "Hello" to me so I know he knew for sure that I was there. I am glad I went there when I did because me being there with Jim gave his daughter a chance to go to her mothers house near by so she could get some things she needed for her dad. Her brother came home from work before she got back but she came back before my ride came to get me to take me home. Jim is near the end of this journey we call life. I am so grateful I have been able to spend time with a man who is a close friend of mine and like a brother to me. He is a fellow U.S. Air Force retiree and that is one of the things that kept me in his life all of these years (I met him in 1988 or 1989.) He is one of those advisers that went to Laos, Cambodia and Viet Nam before the Viet Nam War started and I was one of the few people who knew that. I am not sure just how much longer he has on his journey called life but if I can find a way to go visit him once again I d ...
20 years in the U.S. Air Force, father fought in WWII, Korea, Viet Nam. I fought in the Gulf War. How about you?
Interesting facts about Ron Paul and the comparison to what we have today in the white house or for that matter in both parties in washington Facts about Dr. Ron Pauls Personal Life… •He was the 220 yard dash state champion at Dormont High School. •He received a B.S. degree in biology from Gettysburg College in 1957. •He earned a Doctor Of Medicine degree from Duke University of Medicine in 1961. •He was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and served as a flight surgeon from 1963 to 1965 in Viet Nam and then served in the U.S. National Guard from 1965 to 1968. •He started his own practice as an OBGYN in 1968 and delivered over 4000 babies in his career as a doctor. •Instead of accepting Medicaid or Medicare payments for his poor patients, Dr. Paul lowered his fees or offered his services for free. •He has been married to the same woman for 54 years. •He has 5 children, 18 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. •At 76, and schedule permitting, Ron Paul starts each day with a 3 to 4 mile ...
No More War! When I was a child my mother took us children aside, and told us several times that war and fighting was wrong, always wrong! Then in my teen years I read about a war going on that the american people were unaware of and was being kept secret. Then as people finally began to wonder why all those troops were going to a war that no one knew about, we were told they were not soldiers but "Advisors," later called a "Police Action" (Invasion and occupation of another nation, for a secret reason). A few months after getting out of high school I got my papers for an army physical. Sure enough, I passed and got my draft notice. I had no choice. I would be fighting the enemy. I had had bad feelings ever since getting the physical, like I would die if I went in the army, so I immediatly joined the Air Force and became a mechanic on large cargo aircraft. My ma was right, "All the heroic sensationalism" didnt tell us why we were invadeing Viet Nam. Patriocy was at an all time high! It was as if , "The Go ...
Just want to say "Thanks" to all our brave men in uniform who serve to keep us safe here at home. Our family has had those who served and several who are now serving: Uncle Addis Taylor was career Air Force who served faithfully and retired in the 1960s; Cousin T. L Gordon who also served in the Air Force and retired after serving in Viet Nam; cousins Jason Gordon, now stationed with the Navy in San Diego, and Michael Smith with the Army, now serving in South Korea. Wow! is this family proud of all of them. We are the "land of the free, the home of the brave" because of these men, and many more just like them.
Retired U.S. Air Force pilot Ken Lang is quick to agree he is a lucky man. He flew 100 reconnaissance missions over Viet Nam and came home safe. So did his son, who was a U.S. Marine Corps pilot in Afghanistan. When he made this milestone 100th blood donation at the Dayton Community Blood Center (CBC) Monday, May 13 it was with the spirit that he must have more than enough luck to pass around. “I don’t do a lot of charity work,” he said. “This is my one small way of helping out.” Ken, who lives in Beavercreek, has been helping out for a long time. In fact, his 100 milestone reflects only the blood donations on record with CBC. “I used to donate when I was in the Air Force,” he said. “I was a flyer, so I had to make sure I wouldn’t be flying for about a week. They didn’t want you to fly right after donating. I started doing it to help out my fellow Air Force people and it went on from there.” During his 15 years of active duty he flew trainers then piloted the RF-4C Phantom ...
Freddy Pote and Billy McCue from Hometown, IL were both guys that I knew pretty well. They both were killed in Viet Nam. My uncle Johnny and Luke fought in WW II. My ex-brother-in-law Doug fought in Korea. My brother-in-law Lefty served in the Navy. My son was on the Eisenhower, CVN 69, in the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm. My nephew, Terry did 20 years in the Air Force, (Capt. retired). My future son-in-law (if he ever buys a ring), Bryan did two tours, Sgt. USMC, in Iraq. I look at our country today; I read these posts; I wonder if anyone (including me) understands what they did and at what risk and for what. I wonder. Stupid, benign, flag-waving posts by those of us that never served a day, never will, and won't stand up for America except to post on FB! Am I right?
Chuck Hagel wasn't confirmed today as Secretary of Defense. Hagel would be the only former enlisted man to serve as Defense Secretary, a combat veteran serving in Viet Nam with the Army's 9th Infantry Division. Opposition to Hagel's appointment was led by Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, an Air Force lawyer and Jim Imhoff of Oklahoma who served one year in the Army. Imoff is a nut. Graham is a French Poodle. Neither are fit to carry Hagel's luggage. Call you Senator and demand Hagel be allowed to serve.
Just met retired Air Force Colonel *** Toliver at the Burbank Airport. A black man from Shreveport, Louisiana, he grew up in the segregated South, became an officer in the Air Force, and served with distinction in Viet Nam flying F-4 Phantoms, and later was a test pilot for F-15s. And, he marched with Dr. King, and later was one of the key drivers for the award of the Congressional Gold Medal for the Tuskegee Airmen. A real gentleman, and true inspiration. His book is "An Uncaged Eagle".
The Vietnam People's Army (VPA) (Vietnamese: Quân Đội Nhân Dân Việt Nam, also known as the Vietnamese People's Army and the People's Army of Vietnam) is the army of Vietnam. The VPA is a part of Vietnam People's Armed Forces. The VPA includes: Ground Force (including Strategic Rear Forces), Navy, Air Force, Vietnam Border Defense Force and Vietnam Marine Police. However, Vietnam does not have a specific separate Ground Forces or Army branch. All of the ground troops, Army Corps, military districts, and specialized arms belong to the Ministry of Defence (Vietnam), directly under command of the Central Military Commission, Minister of Defence and General Staff (Vietnam People's Army). Communist Party of Viet Nam leaders of the People's Army of Vietnam absolute and direct all aspects; the centralized leadership of the Party is unified into the Central Executive Committee that directly, often the Politburo, the Secretariat (Charter of CPV - Article 25). The name People's Army can be traced to Presiden ...
Remembering our Dad, James B. Clark, this Veteran's Day. He served from World War II to Viet Nam. James B. (Jim) Clark, Clark enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940 and served in Italy from 1943-1945 with a World War II rank of Master Sergeant. His other military service included the Wyoming National Guard (1947-1949); the U.S. Army Reserves (1951-1957); and the U.S. Air Force from 1957 to 1971. Sergeant Clark served in Korea 1950-1951, Germany 1964-1966, and again in Italy 1967, and towards the end of his career, Vietnam, 1968-1969. He was decorated with two presidential unit citations during World War II along with ten battle stars and he received three battle stars in Vietnam. Most of his career was spent at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado, where he was a technical instructor in munitions. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1971 with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Thanks to all our Veterans. Without you we would not have the freedom we enjoy!
HAPPY VETERAN'S DAY! A shout out to some of my favorite Veterans: my brother, David Johnson, who is still serving in the Air Force and who I am so very proud of for that and so many other reasons, my Daddy, Doc Johnson, who served in the Korean War building and destroying bridges under fire, my brother-in-law, James Robinson (Sam) who served in Viet Nam, my Uncle Nicky who died in Viet Nam, and a ton of Uncles and cousins. Thank you to the Veterans all over this country. Freedom isn't free and the fact that these people sacrificed for people they never even met astounds me and humbles me! THANK YOU!
Thank you VETERANs and those currently serving. My son-in-law in Hawaii at Hickam AFB and grandson Cameron at Elmendorf AFB. My husband Doug, a Viet Nam vet and Air Force vet who lost his life to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at 51 as a result of Agent Orange due to serving in Viet Nam. Remember our fallen -Freedom isn't free.
My two vets! My dad, Tom Foster, career Air Force-32 years, roamed the world with his family in tow! I am forever grateful for the experience and am sure I was the luckiest young girl in the world for the life-changing adventures. Being a "post World War and Cold War Brat" I so appreciate the experiences that created the world traveler in me! Thank you, Daddy! And, to my Viet Nam vet, (Ronald Mac) I thank you for making my world safe at home!
Today I want to thank the Veterans for my Freedom. Just to mention a few that are family and friends: Uncle Grimes Conrad - WWII, Cousin Wayne Conrad - Viet Nam, Uncle Tommy Barnes - Viet Nam, Cousin Patricia Snider Guevara - Air Force (retired), Cousin Victor Guevara - Air Force (retired), Victor Guevara, Jr -Air Force, Brandon Guevara - Army (active), Uncle Thurman Snider - Korean, Joshua Harris - Navy Seal, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country.I applaud each one of you.YOU ARE MY HERO! If you have family & Friends that you want to add to this, PLEASE do so.
For Butch, Nick, Bob & Bob; Quick rundown on the last 40 years. Did the Lackland bit in 1963 and then Lowry in '64 for "instrumentation & telemetry school" which I finished in May & got my 1st assignment at Vandenberg, AFB in the Comm squadron, working the Minuteman missle stuff. (Didn't enjoy the bucket work in the silos, everything else was great.) Re-enlisted early in '67 & got transferred into 1st STRATAD. Main job was to man the 'real time' telemetry feedback during missile flights. Re-enlisted in '71 with request to go to Lowry as an instructor (I think it was my 3rd choice in my paperwork for re-upping, Hawaii was my first choice.) The ending of Viet Nam war got the military seriously thinking about cutbacks and one way adjusting the physical requirements an I was always fighting the weight. So-o-o in 1975 I left the Air Force and plunged head long into civilian life. Went to East Tennessee where 1st wife was from. Worked at Magnavox in Jefferson City and finally heard from the Oak Ridge National ...
They have been called Doughboys, leathernecks, G.I.s, Troops, Dogface, Army, Air Force, National Guard, Navy, Marines or Military. They are sometimes referred to as Armed Forces. More recently for those who served in the last World War, they were referred to as “The Greatest Generation.” They have fought to free our country from tyranny from British rule in the Revolutionary War, preserved a splitting nation during the Civil War, repelled foreign domination in two World Wars, fought communism in Korea and Viet Nam, freed a friendly nation from invasion in Dessert Storm, toppled a dictator and helped build a nation of freedom in Iraq and fought to destroy avowed terrorist extremists in Afghanistan. After serving sometimes years in the most difficult circumstances of life that separates from family, creates hardship, forging lifelong bonds, being removed from American soil to hostile lands, sacrificing body and limb, even to the ultimate sacrifice of life, the separated military person now is simply a V ...
Just an FYI to all my family,relatives and friends in 2 weeks (Oct 5th - 7th) I'll be flying to Washington DC with the Honor Flight Program with some Korean War, WWll & Viet Nam Veterans to visit the WWll, Lincoln, Viet Nam, and Korean Memorials and then tour across the Poromac River then head for Arlington Cemetary and witness the changing of the Guard, then head for the Iwo Jima, Air Force, and Navy Memorials.From what I understand we may have a special guest greeting us at the BWI Airport...This has something I have in my bucket list that I can mark off as complete.I'm hoping to represent my Dad, Uncles, Aunts & Cousins while I'm there as for some of you may not have this opportunity to go...especially for our dad's that are now gone.This is a long time for any of us that has served our country...Bring back lots of pictures
In 1968 I started going with my best friend, Sharon Crumbaker, to the USO dances in downtown Dallas. The dances were chaperoned by adults who watched out for the many high school girls who wanted to dance to a live band & meet & dance with many soldiers that were going to Viet Nam. I met a nice Airman originally from Battle Creek, MI & stationed at Perrin AFB,Tx. He had a knockout dazzling smile, loved to dance & we fell in love, got married, 2 children, 30 years in the Air Force & we have been married 42 years. Thank you USO!
I was watching Modern Marvels on Direct TV and they had a documentary on the Strategic Air Command U.S.Air Force, whose headquarters are near Omaha Neb. It brought back a lot of memories showing the B-52 Bombers and KC-135 refueling tankers on full alert Neuclear loaded. I spent my full 4 years in the AF in SAC and was directly involved in the B-52 and KC 135 programs. SAC made the first round the world flight in a B-50 bomber in 1949 in 94 hours. Not something I would care to do again but I wouldn't take anything for the memories I have from being there and being a part of history in these great aircraft. These B-52's were mostly built in the early 1950's and were still our primary bomber in the Viet Nam conflict. Very interesting program, especially when you can identify with it.
You're a 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded and dying in the jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam .. It's November 11, 1967. LZ (landing zone) X-ray. Your unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense from 100 yards away, that your CO (commanding officer) has ordered the helicopters to stop coming in. You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know you're not getting out. Your family is half way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day. Then - over the machine gun noise - you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter. You look up to see a Huey coming in. But.. It doesn't seem real because no MedEvac markings are on it. Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you. He's not MedEvac so it's not his job, but he heard the radio call and decided he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway. Even after the MedEvacs were ordered not to come. He's c ...
Feeling very sad today. Lost a good good friend of 35 years yesterday. Roger White of W&W Automotive and Towing. He put his all in to everything he did. He would give you the shirt and pants off his back and butt if he thought you needed it. His mechanical knowledge was second to none. A flight engineer during Viet Nam war while he served in the Air Force, which brought him to Fairborn from his home in West Virginia. I'm going to miss him but have millions of memories! I would tell him to rest in peace, but i'm sure he is still going top speed. I'll see you Roger!
HEY guess what.I have a guest this Thursday night at 8PM Central TIME so join me on THE TEXAS UFO RADIO SHOW.only at the inception radio network. MY Guest is Charles James Hall was born and raised in rural Wisconsin, USA, near Madison. Charles enlisted in the United States Air Force July 20, 1964. Charles was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base outside Las Vegas, Nevada, for over two years. While there, he served for extensive periods of time, as a weather observer, in the desert on the Gunnery ranges at Indian Springs, Nevada. Following this, he served a year in Viet Nam in the Mekong Delta. Charles received an award for surviving more than 35 communist attacks. A year after receiving an honorable discharge in May 1968, Charles married Marie, on the condition that he would go to college. In record time, he earned both a Bachelor's Degree in Thermal Physics and a Masters degree in Applied Nuclear Physics at San Diego State University in San Diego California. Charles did Ph.D. level post graduate work at ...
Happy Memorial Day and thank all of you service men and women who are faithfully and courageously serving our country and it's faith and virtues. Today my family and I participated in a local Memorial Day service at a cemetery with about 1,500 neighbors. The Amy, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and other Special Forces were honored and remembered with bagpipes, rifle blasts, prayers, and a flyover of huge cargo planes. My kids and I walked up to old men, thanking them for their service in Viet Nam, Korea, Iraq, and Japan, and then gave them a gift from my grandfather, Frank Bausmith, who served as a Navy Corpman in WWII at Iwo Jima. It was a wooden cross he made in his garage at 87 years old. Many cried and expressed their thanks for remembering their sacrifice and the treasure of this nation they fought for. Today is a very important day. If you are free, thank a veteran.
I have had 2 brothers, one Navy, one marines, my husband Air force who all served during Viet Nam and 3 uncles Air Force, one who was at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed and he survived and now I have a son in law retired Air Force and some other family serving different branches now.. I am proud of all of them who served and are serving..
Just left a wonderful Memorial Celebration: My dear family and friends would have loved the patriotic and spiritual music. They presented colors, had a fly over, a caisson, and a rousing speech by Bob Boudreau who also served in Viet Nam. We sang the Navy, Army, and Air Force songs to honor families and dear friends who served and died for this country! Honor our armed services today. God Bless America!
Happy Memorial Day. Please take a moment to acknowledge what the day is about. We live a fantastic free life because of those brave men and women who have proudly served The United States of America throughout it's brief history. Thank you to my family for instilling a genuine sense of gratitude and patriotism, and thanks to the family members who served. My Grandfather, WW 1 veteran Paul Rolfe Halligan and his brother Vic Halligan. On my Grandmother's side, John R Doyle WW 2 Navy Cross receipient. Also in WW 2, my Father, Richard H Childs a Flight Instructor (B-25's) in the Army Air Corps. My oldest brother Richard H Childs Jr, in Viet Nam and the Gulf War, and now helps returning Veterans at the VA in Minneapolis. His son Phillip Childs, Air Force, Afghanistan. Thank you for your service. Happy Memorial Day.
During this weekend that we honor our Veterans, I would like to salute all our family members who have served their Country and those who have supported them. I don't know which is worse, being in harm's way or waiting at home not knowing if your loved ones are in danger or not. Our family has been well represented in every branch of the Military, Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Marines, as well as most wars including World War II, Korea, Viet Nam and Iraq. We have also been represented in the war on Drugs and the Space Program. Again, THANK YOU for your Service and your support. SEMPER FI
A big thank you to the Butler men who have served our country! James Sr. Career Army who served in Special Forces in Viet Nam and at one time had a price on his head. James Jr. Retired Navy, Henry Butler, Army also served in Viet Nam. Our nephew TJ Johnson currently serving in the Air Force. Thanks to all who have in the past and are currently protecting our Freedom!
Memorial Day - I miss being in the service. The sense of purpose and the camaraderie. I remember coming back from Southeast Asia about 60 pounds lighter and a drinking problem (long since gone). Thanks to the Air Force I got to visit a large portion of the world - Spain, Italy, England, Germany, Greece, Japan, Thailand, Viet Nam, Phillipines, Guam, Taiwan, Libya, Turkey, Hawaii, Alaska, and many more states. I miss the friends killed in Viet Nam and all the friends I made in many years of service. It was good and I was proud to serve my country. To all my fellow veterans, dead and alive, and those on active duty I salute you. Thanks for your sacrifice.
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