Memorial Day is to honor the veterans who have passed and Veterans Day is to honor those still among us. I would like to take this time to say THANK YOU to all who have served this country and have a safe and happy Veterans Day
Thank you for our freedoms and your service to this great country.
Thank you american volunteers !!
I have seen two separate references to Veteran's Day being on Sunday. One was on the news and I think the other was in a post on a thread that got deleted recently. Anyone can make a mistake, but it just seems strange to me that the same error occurred twice on two totally separate mediums. Anyone else noticed this? It is supposed to be the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
You are, of course, correct, Hal.
The Veterans' Day Parade in St. Louis (in which the Model T club will be participating) is fudging a little... the parade kicks off at noon. Close enough, though.
Every Memorial and Veterans Day I remember my three shipmates lost in the North Pacific during our Transpac cruise of 1959
Amen! Thanks to all who served.
On a side note, happy 242nd birthday to the U.S.M.C.
A Veteran's Gratitude
To all those who served before me,
I thank you for the country you have given to me, and a safe place to grow up.
To all those who served after me,
I thank you for giving me peace of mind to sleep at night.
To all those who served WITH me,
I thank you most of all. You have made me what I am today.
author: Terry Miller 2008
From myself and all my comrades in arms; I say You are Welcome. We sincerely appreciate your gratitude and are proud to have had the honor of serving this Great country and people like you.
11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. I never knew that. Thank you for the education.
The day was originally "Armistice Day"
November 11, 1918 the end of WWI signed on the 11 hour.
USA 1965-1967. It was a swell vacation in Korea on the taxpayers' dime.
I went today to the funeral of a high school friend who served in the navy 1954-47. He was 6 months older than I am. I served in the U.S. Army (regular) 1950-53 and Ready Reserves 1953-56.
that was1954-57 for my friend Leo Meloch
USAF, 1963-67. I spent three years in southwest Oklahoma working on the defensive fire control system of the cold war B-52s. Those old birds were awesome then and they still are.
My club, the Suncoast Model T club, joined by folks from a couple of other clubs are meeting at our place tomorrow for a little tour of some of the back roads near here. We expect 12 to 15 T Models. Most of us will fly the flag on our cars. About sixty miles round trip with a picnic at the other end. Should be a good time.
US Army 1960 to 1963 including 2 1/2 years in peacetime Germany. Being of German descent it was a nice place to be.
Peacetime Cold War
My oldest son is a Marine
Served 2004-2013 or so.
Iraq & Afghanistan
Now a Police Officer
On July first of this year, I was honored to accompany a Korean vet on an Honor Flight. What a day we had. He has since gone into hospice due to cancer.
To Jim, to my dad that fought in the Philippines, to my son's best friend Cameron that failed his last test to enter eod (thank God) yet did two tours in the army and to all that served our country, I wish to extend my deepest thanks.
If you are a World War era vet, a Korean era vet or a Vietnam era vet please sign up for an Honor Flight. Click on the link below, you will be glad you did.
I am not affiliated with this organization, I just find them amazing.
I was stationed at Naha, Okinawa in 1968/69. Sometimes a couple of us would go to Kadena just to watch the B-52's take off. We were bombing N. Vietnam Nam pretty heavily at that time and often there'd be I don't know how many lined up for take-off. One after another, off they'd go. We'd watch from the starting end of the runway. It was THUNDEROUS!!
Than-you, gentlemen, for your service.
Hmm, Steve didn't smile back then either, unless it was "in the Army now" thing at the time.
IMC (SW) USN RET, 1965-1988 Holy Loch, Scotland, Charleston, SC, Rota, Spain, and Norfolk, Va
At work today I went to everyone that I know served and thanked them for their service.
One had a tear in his eye.
Robert Hester, you said "USAF, 1963-67." Small world. Same here. You were in Oklahoma and I was at Little Rock AFB. Not all that far away....
USN '65 to '69 USS Yorktown CVS 10 then retired from the reserves with 27 years as ABE Chief. One highlight was picking up Appollo 8 and a different time when we were off the coast of Korea when they captured of the USS Pueblo.
I can still remember recovering planes coming back VM with wounded pilots and those that didn't make it back. We deep six more than one plane or helo after they landed.
23 years USN. I'm fortunate to be in a position to continue helping hire veterans into healthcare jobs. To all who have served thank you.
USA --1969--1992 Vietnam 69-70 175-8" FA SP
Vietnam, '70-'71. 271st ASHC (Ch47 Chinooks), crewchief,doorgunner. Can Tho Army Airfield, Can Tho RVN.
I'm glad the honor flights are concentrated on the WWII guys. We're losing them quickly.
US Air Force Air Rescue 1975 to 1983. Dad WW2, both brothers Vietnam.
USN aboard USS Nimitz(CVN-68) 78-81
Hello, Dick. What kind of work did you do at Little Rock? My guys and I were just grunts working on the flight line. We jokingly called ourselves SAC-trained killers.
USAF. Lackland AFB. Tx. Chanute Field Ill., Homestead AFB Fla., Elmendorf AFB. Alaska, Kunsan AFB> Korea. Tachakawa Japan.
US Army 9/67-5/69, DaNang RVN-Marble Mountain Air Facility, 212 Combat Air Support Bn. 5/68-5/69
Robert, I spent most of my time as a personnel officer. When I got to LRAFB, we had a wing of B-47s and a wing of Titan IIs about to become operational. A year or so later, the B-47s had been replaced by a wing of B-58s that moved in from Carswell and the Titan IIs were fully operational. I tell people that I had no combat experience in my four years in the Air Force and that they should be grateful for that, since any combat I would have had anything to do with on a SAC base would have involved international use of nuclear weapons.
Were you at Altus?
USAF 1952 -1972. PA18, T6, B25, B26, C45, C123, RC121, C47 and IP in KC135, my final assignment. Korea, Japan, Vietnam 3 times.
I still miss flying. 8000 hours flying time. 2 DFCs a bunch of Air Medals etc...4 model Ts. In retrospect, I've had a good life.
In Australia (and New Zealand)we remember our members who served on April the 25th., which is known as 'ANZAC Day'
We also make the 11th day of the 11th month special. It used to be known as 'Armistice Day' because at 11.a.m. on that day in 1918, the armistice was signed ending WW1. Here, now, it is known as 'Remembrance Day'
I think that this short film from Canada is one of the best for an international feeling for the day-
For a specifically Australian song, this is full of emotion too-
Jim Bowery Wellsburg, WV 1963-1965 Radio and carrier operator. Germany
Good morning, Dick. Yes, Altus Air Force Base. We had a wing of B-52s, a wing of KC135 tankers and twelve missile silos scattered around the area. I was back there a few weeks ago for an airshow and open house along with four of my buddies from back then. We had a wonderful time.
I went to a Veterans program at our local school Friday morning. They have been doing that for the last nine years. It means a lot to me as I graduated from high school there in 1967. One of my Grandsons, which goes to school there now, was my escort. Back when I was in school, there was almost no public recognition of any Vets from the school or the community, which is small, about 1200 people, and there still wasn't until just several years ago, I think mainly around 9/11, and that goes for Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, and First Responders. Several of our teachers were WWII Vets and I had no idea. To a young teenager then, WWII was a lifetime ago, but it had only been about 20 years ago when it ended. It's now been almost 50 years ago for us, but still seems just a short time for me. The program calls out each Vet and new recruits that are going in to some branch of service after they graduate. I can't count how many local Vets there were/are from here that I had no idea about until they had passed away and I read their obituaries. I was always under the impression that they went to war, came home, forgot about everything, and went on with their lives as though nothing had happened because no one talked about such things then, not even my family, which had some WWII Vets. I still thought that was the way it worked when I went to Vietnam and came home, but it didn't work out that way. Took me 38 years to figure it out. No one talked about "those things" then, everyone just went about their business, or so I thought. Thank God things have changed and vets are now getting the recognition and help that they deserve, especially the younger generation that has had to do multiple tours. No one can imagine what they are going through unless they have done the same thing. God bless them all.
Sorry for the long winded post, but I just think it needed to be said. Dave
David, I keep looking on here for the "LIKE" button, thank you for your service!
USAF 1952-1972 Nam 68-69
When I was at the final banquet for the Finger Lakes tour a couple of years ago, Russ Furstnow asked all the veterans to stand. I thought that was a nice thing to do. I was surprised at how many veterans we had in our group.
Veteran's day was originally armistice day to celebrate the end of WW1 - the war to end all wars. It wasn't. In 1954 Armistice day was changed to Veteran's day. It is one of a very few holidays that is celebrated on a specific date rather then just making a long weekend out of it.
Thanks to all of our veterans who have or are serving.
Every Veterans Day Nov. 11 at 11:11 am the sun aligns perfectly with the Anthem Veteranís Memorial in Arizona and shines through the ellipses of the 5 marble pillars that represent each branch of the Armed Forces, illuminating The Great Seal of the United States.
U.S.Navy Seabeas 1966-68 P.O.2 vietnam 1967-68.
USN 1984-1994. Son is serving now on a submarine.
USNR 1967-68 Long Beach, CA., and Pearl Harbor, HI. SF2-Repair Div. on Destroyer Tender. Thanks to all that served.
1971 -1974 ARMY Mostly Alaska
1975 - 1993 Navy AO1 (Got Bombs?)
US Army ( Retired )
Taken a few hours ago in Englewood, Florida
where I dropped off a beautiful 1970 VW Beetle
to him that his son Mark & grandson Ben did a
full pan off restoration for.
I took him to lunch ....
Thanks to all of you who have served in the armed services defending our country. I forget we had some allies that are on this forum, so thanks to you guys too. I was age wise at a time they didn't want me then when they did, my status had changed, so I have missed something in my life. When they ask the veterans to stand, there is an emptiness in my heart. My father was WW11, a son served in the Marines, one grandson served in the Air Force and two Grandsons currently in the Marines. Thanks again. Allen Brintnall S W Mo.
I had the great privilege to serve our country as an Army Supply SGT from 1980-1988, before becoming disabled and ending my carrier. I am told my fathers family has served in every conflict beginning with The Revolutionary war, represented by my distant relation, Benedict Arnold. But it was my step-father; CPL Robert Bailey, who served nearly 3 years in the South Pacific in WW2, where he was severely wounded, who taught me the value of service to others. Honor, Duty, Country... My heartfelt thanks to him (RIP) and to all those who have served, are serving, and have yet to serve GOD BLESS AMERICA
Hey David, Can Tho, Long Binh 70-71. Psyops Ranger. Didn't want to go and glad to come home but value the experience.
Thank you veterans for your service to our country.
Army 1973-76 NBC nuclear, biological, chemical Germany
USArmy Security Agency- Nov57 - August 62 with 1 year "off" for good behavior. Included 2 years in Italy during peacetime. We referred to our mission as "Taking care of European Affairs"
The brass was not too fond of that, however, they were o.k. with Operation Foreign Affairs.
Then and now. The second pic was taken yesterday at our local High School Veterans Day celebration:
We attended a Veteran's Day parade in Utah.
U S Navy ETR 2 on Oriskany CVA 34 Viet Nam 1969
In Memory of my best friend Daniel Gunther in high school who pass away in service June 18th 1993 in Bosnia serving proudly Canadian army. Dan is Born January 13th 1969. To young to pass away.
God bless you, your son and your wife my friend.
As a kid growing up in the 1960's and "70's, the Vietnam War was front line news but somehow my parents and school never really talked openly about the war. I never fully understood the whole affair but we were raised to respect our country and honor our military (my dad being a Korean War vet) and I have always had a deep respect for the Vietnam Vets just because they were the one's I knew were protecting me as a kid from King Kong (as I mistakenly heard on the radio one day years ago) Guerrillas who overran an airbase somewhere in SouthEast Asia. I just finished watching a ten part series on PBS produced by Ken Burns on the Viet Nam war and boy, was it an eye opener! I think he did a great job presenting both sides of the conflict and I finally have a fuller grasp of what went down all those years ago. I have ancestors who served in every war from the French and Indian War to Iraq, and even though I wasn't man enough to sign the Navy's dotted line back in 1982, my son has served honorably in the Navy for ten years. I thank all of you who served our country in time of war and peace, but a special place of honor will always be for my childhood hero's, the guerrilla fighters! You weren't shown the proper respect that returning vets deserve, but I assure you, there was one little kid out there who has never forgotten your service; thank you!!!
BTW, in that PBS mini series by Ken Burns the only bad guys represented clearly were not the Viet Cong, the NVA or the US Military; the bad guys were always understood to be the inept, gutless politicians who thrived on fear. Everyone else was just a pawn in the hands of witless powers that be.
units during my time... and what times.... but these were only in Nam...
U.S. Army, 1961 to 1965, Fulda Germany. I was discharge just as Vietnam was heating up so I missed it.
Bill, I too watched that series by Ken Burns. Starting in the mid eighties, I read every nonfiction book about that DAMN war, watched every series on TV that I could find, and watched every movie about it that I could find, trying to make some sense of what was going on with me. For me, nothing made much sense, although there were some, what I would call good movies, based on what information that I-we had in that time frame. I finally started to figure out that something was wrong when my youngest son joined the Marine Corps in early 2008. Long story short, the wheels came off of the bus then. That led to me getting in the VA system which was a godsend, I found out that I had been trying to bury things for 38 years, and then it all came boiling out all at once. BY FAR, that series by Ken Burns is-was the best healing thing that I have seen. It finally explained to me that what I had always thought about those damned politicians back then was pretty much spot on. There was a lot more going on other than them too. I still have a hard time watching and listening to any politician now. I could go on, but I had better quit now before I have a stroke. I will never forgive them for what they did to us and our country. That being said, I have never had a more fulfilling job than what I had then thinking that we were actually doing what was supposed to be right, before I had a rude awakening when I got home. It is just a shame that it was all for nothing. JMHO Sorry for the rant. Dave
Well said, David, well said. What really stinks is that not much has changed over the years. Most, if not all politicians still think and act selfishly instead of for the greater good. Young men and women in our armed services are still asked to fight and die on foreign soil for unjustifiable causes. World War One was a huge blunder that should have/could have been resolved in negotiations not slaughter. World War II was indeed a just and noble conflict where good vs true evil had to be stopped; world domination by a mad-man and a blood thirsty empire couldn't be and shouldn't be allowed. Korea was a disastrous stalemate based on the Red scare and should have been a clear warning to not engage in centuries old foreign conflicts that have no national interests other than "our way is better than their way". And Viet Nam, fighting for independence for centuries, was proven to be a no-win war when the French were annihilated in their attempt to bring it under control. Anyone who has any interest in the Viet Nam war really needs to watch that Ken Burns ten part special; it will break your heart night after night but I guarantee it will open your eyes and make you consider things today in a whole new light. God Bless our troops and our Vets - Thank you!!!
Hey nice picture! You've got the same amount of hair but a better smile today!!
The only thing that didn't age or wrinkle over the years is the uniform!
David Stroud, you have nothing to apologize for! In fact, politicians from the 1960s should be apologizing to men like you!
The problem is people with connections make a lot of money off war and we see it over and over!!
Amen Bud!!!! Dave
Jerry Barlow, friend, pastor and Vietnam Vet, U.S. Navy passed on Veteran's Day 11-11-2017.
Me on my dad's shoulders on Wrightsville Beach near Wilmington, North Carolina in 1944. He was back from Trinidad and would leave not long after for the Philippines.
US Navy 1972-1997.
Marine Corps 85-89, 90-91
Ohio National Guard 94-95