Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veterans Day 2007 

I first posted this on Veterans Day 2005. I have decided to make this an annual tradition on this blog (with amendments). I am very pleased to report that the "old soldier" is doing very well, all things considered. He will be 88 on his birthday next week.

To My Dad: A Veterans' Day Tribute

My dad retired from the US Army in 1972 after 30 years of service to his country. Not too many can honestly wear that baseball cap he has on (it says WW II - Korea - Vietnam Veteran), and membership in that elite club gets smaller with each passing year. Once again, I honor him today for his service.

Pop retired as a Command Sergeant Major. He was in the Medical Corps, and achieving CSM rank was probably a higher hurdle for him than for those serving in the combat arms. He achieved much and overcame many obstacles. In his own way, he is as courageous as any combat soldier.

Since retirement he has lived in Japan. This picture was taken (I believe) at Camp Zama in 2003.

Thanks, Pop, and thanks to all your comrades in arms who have served or are serving (including my two sons), living and dead, who have sacrificed and are sacrificing so much so that we may enjoy our freedoms.

God bless you all!

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