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Old 12-23-2006, 07:23 PM   #43
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I second Jerry's recommendation to tell your folks who are with you this holiday season how much you appreciate and love them. . . . (quote)

Several Christmases ago, a month or two before the holiday, I asked each one of our family to write a letter to Mom (sending it to me), telling her their favorite memories and stories with her. I really didn't know if they would do this or not, but they did, even her great grandsons. I bound these along with photos and some other keepsakes that went along with the letters, and that was her Christmas gift. It didn't cost a thing. Needless to say, it is one of her most treasured possessions, and the making of it was a treasure for each of us. Just a suggestion for some of you who are annually stumped about what to give someone who seems to already have everything. Love, in the end, is all that really matters, and finding ways to show it. ~G
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Old 12-23-2006, 07:34 PM   #44
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Posted a thought about my Dad earlier but it may have been deleted cause I used some"French" in expressing my anger at my Dad not getting an "honor guard" at his funeral.
You mean this post? http://www.airforums.com/forums/312101-post5.html
It's still there, shows as post #5 on my screen.
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Old 12-23-2006, 08:35 PM   #45
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Thanks

Thanks for that. Must be a "senior" moment. I hit my refresh button and everything and couldn't find it.
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Old 12-23-2006, 09:24 PM   #46
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Jerry:
Maybe I'm having a senor moment also. Debbie wrote a reply mentioning that it wasn't just our fathers and grandfathers (as the first post mentioned) but there were a lot of mothers and grandmothers involved in the war efforts also. I can't seem to find that post now. You don't suppose our moderators don't appreciate the women who flew all those planes during WWII and helped put our broken soldiers back together do you? Couldn't be that. Must be a mistake. I certainlly hope so. Ron
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Old 12-23-2006, 11:03 PM   #47
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I am showing post #6 saying something about women. Is that the one?
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Old 12-24-2006, 09:54 AM   #48
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Jerry was right. It was a senior moment. Strange that he couldn't find #5 and we couldn't find #6. Thanks.
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Old 12-24-2006, 12:08 PM   #49
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Deja Vu

Ron,

Just gives us a second chance to make our points!

Debbie was 100% correct. We so often fail to mention or adequately recognize the contributions of all the women in our lives to our success - individual and collectively as a society. They rock the cradle and our world!

So, here's to the women upon whose shoulder we stand, we lean, we cry, we rest, and we depend. My wife is the best gift of my life. My mother instilled a love of reading and learning that set me on a road to success in life, and I have been blessed with a wealth of women role models, teachers, mentors, friends, and coworkers.

THANKS to all!
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Old 12-25-2006, 02:55 AM   #50
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Jerry:
We couldn't have said it better. Looking forward to meeting you both at a rally sometime soon. Ron and Debbie
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thank you to all your WWII heroes

I've just red for the first time this thread and it's the day to tell us a great THANK YOU or " merci" ( sorry, it's french ) to have made our liberty, our reality now.

here is a picture in honour of these heroes:

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Old 12-25-2006, 06:29 PM   #52
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Mac, again I want to thank you for starting this thread. Today after Christmas dinner I asked my uncle to tell me a bit about his part in WWII. What I thought would be a 15 minute conversation turned into 2 hours. He was overjoyed that someone was interested and wanted to hear his story. The time I spent with him was one of the best parts of the day.

Every one of these noble veterans, from all of America's wars, has a story. It doesn't matter what part they played, how much or little action they saw, if they were stateside or overseas. Every story is important. I only wish I still had my father so he could share his story as well.
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Old 12-25-2006, 06:34 PM   #53
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This is something we should all do if we care about our family history. When you ask your father or mother about, say, their experiences in WWII, take a small tape recorder with you, and record the conversation. You will be saving it for your children, as well as helping their stories as accurate as possible.
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Old 12-25-2006, 08:42 PM   #54
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Great Idea

We did this when my mother was dying of Brain Cancer and my Dad was dying of a broken heart at losing his wife of 62 years.

Stories I had heard a 1000 times as a kid and those I had never heard were captured by my sisters and brothers.

Wished we had done it while they were in better health and able to talk longer.
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My WWII Hero

My father wasn't born until '42 but I have a great Uncle who did several
tours of duty during the war. He is currently 91 years old, still drives a car, and sometimes will pick my wife up to give her a "bear hug" when we visit.
Two years ago, he went to the VA where a young girl working at the desk said he was due some "items" from the war. Shortly thereafter, I went to visit him. He pulled out a small box that the UPS guy had just brought. The box contained seven medals he had earned during WWII that our government had apparently neglected to present to him for 60+ years. Several combat stars, marksmanship etc. I don't remember what all of the medals were for, but I promptly built him a nice chestnut case to display these medals, complete with room for his Army photo and a place for a flag when he is gone.
Being only 36, WWII is a reach for my comprehension. Anything I've learned about the war was from the history channel. I always knew he fought in the war, but never thought much about it, and he never talked about it. The medals peaked my interest, and I began to ask questions.
WOW, the stories!!!...... I could listen for hours........days.......
My great uncle is a very humble man. In brief, his summary of WWII is "we were young, and did what we had to do."
He is now becoming a frail old man, but I think he is still a giant amongst men.
Here's to you Uncle Gus, and everyone that served with you. Your generation is truly the greatest yet. --dave
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My father was a ball turret gunneer on a B-24, having served out of Ipswich, England for the last 9 months or so of the war. In the little he said about that time he described most of his missions as "milk runs" but also said that everytime he left the ground he thought it would be his last. When the war in Europe was over he was sent stateside to await reassignment to the Pacific theater, whcih was scheduled to happen within 30 days. He was in Walla Walla, Washington when the war ended. He considered himself lucky to have had the opportunity to be part of the war. His first cousin enlisted at the same time and both had hoped to be pilots. His cousin made it into the training program, but by the time he had finished flight school they were no longer sending additional pilots oversees. He was always disappointed in that fact.

I took a flight on the only "combat ready" B-24 still flying a few years ago as a way to remember my dad who passed away 10 years ago this summer. It was a remarkable experience and one anyone can be part of by contacting the Collins Foundation. I would be glad to provide info. for any interested parties. If the moderator needs justification for this thread, the fact that the early airstreams and B-24's were made of essentially the same aluminum outta due. In fact, chances are the aluminum salvaged from the 15,000 B-24's that were originally produced is probably in the skin of many an early Airstream. I like that thought...
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