The martial tradition in my family runs the gamut from
Well . . .
I had a great uncle die at Omaha beach on d-day, 2 Grandfathers who were in WW2 (one with the Third Army, one with the Coast Guard), a great uncle in Korea, another with the USAAF, my father and uncle in were in Vietnam (USMC and USN), and I was in the Navy . . . Regardless I could not have said it better myself, we should all be thankfull for all of our men and women who serve in wartime. Their sacrifice (military or otherwise) has given us more than anyone could ever ask for.
What Stephen said.
My dad was in the Army, early ’60s so no “action.”
Many uncles were in the Army, and some saw combat in Korea. A few cousins, some in Vietnam. Brave men all.
I live in NYC. This year was the biggest Veteran’s Day parade I’ve seen here in a long, long time. Lots of vets, and active-duty folk. High school ROTC kids from all branches plus the National Guard. High school marching bands from as far away as Wisconsin. And though the crowds watching weren’t voluminous, there was volume-ous — cheering and clapping for all who marched by.
Usually I watch a parade of a few scraggly vets being largely ignored by New Yorkers in a rush. This year was different. And it made me feel proud.
All of the following people were in the military, and are family.
Grandfather: 1954-1975 (Marine Corps, Vietnam)
Uncle: 1967-1987 (Marine Corps, Vietnam)
Mom: 1975-1977 (Army)
Wife: 1996-1998 (Marine Corps)
Second Cousin: 2001-? (Marine Corps, currently active)
Second Cousin: 1984-? (Navy, Currently active)
That’s the tip of the iceberg.
Jim, the Vegas Leatherneck, 1994-2002 (Marine Corps, five active, three reserve, no combat)