6 years ago
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Veterans, We Salute You
To those who served on the field of battle or protected us in peacetime, our sincerest thanks.
May I mention three names in particular, near and dear to my heart:
My grandfather Homer (1895-1963), a member of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I, a sharpshooting infantryman who honed his skill hunting squirrels, who busted an ankle in a shellhole, captured 32 Germans singlehandedly but turned them in to the wrong unit to get shut of them, and—mountain boy that he was—never thought much of Black Jack Pershing.
My grandfather Paul (1911-1971), a father of four who left a good job in a wartime industry to join the fight to the finish in the Pacific as a member of the United States Marine Corps in World War II, who carried a strange souvenir from one of the South Pacific islands—a gigantic and perhaps poisonous thorn—in an elbow until the day he died.
And my father George (1935-1992), a Cold War veteran who would have driven the Russians out of Eastern Europe singlehandedly if he could have, so greatly did he value freedom.
Relatives and friends of the surviving members of the 94th Infantry Division (also known as Patton’s Boston Regiment) are working, this Veterans’ Day, to achieve Liberator status for the men of the 94th, who liberated a prison camp in Germany in April 1945. Please help in this effort by going to Congress.org and petitioning your congressional and senate representatives to join in this effort to honor the brave and compassionate men who saved many lives in that camp.