This is my dad.
He retired as an E9 Master Gunnery Sargent. I guess that’s as high as you can go as an enlisted officer. (He’s a really big deal.) We went to a Marine Corps Ball one year and the young guys there treat him like a rock star.
When I was a kid, most of my friends (especially my guy friends) found him slightly terrifying. It was probably not too fun to pick one of his daughters up at the house for a date. He’d answer the door or the phone and scare the boys. On more than one occasion he would be sure to answer the door while cleaning one of his hunting rifles….
I love him so much and am so proud of him! He helped me to discover my love of DIY. He can build just about anything. (You darn well better want the edges routed, though…)
Family legend has it that he enlisted at 17 but fibbed and said he was 18.
He flew helicopters.
He did 2 tours in Vietnam.
He was shot down, lived to tell the tale and got out of there unscathed. (Why my mom thinks that he can’t match his clothes without her help or go to the local grocery store without getting lost is beyond me…)
My mom was every bit the trooper he was… at home waiting and praying.
So many individuals have given everything… So many families have sacrificed so much for our country.
Thank you to all of our service men and women and their families. We are forever in your debt.
Happy Veteran’s Day.