My dad was a diesel mechanic with the 179th out of NE. He did the European Campaign in which I still have a few letters and then a short tour over in Korea.
He never lost his love for diesels as he would buy them at the old government auctions that used to exist down at Fort Devens MA back in the day and bring them home and barter with them. Low and behold he did switch one out on a small Airstream back in 1966
which he then traded that for one of the old Postal Buses which he converted to a camper.
Owning the Airstream allows many of us to reflect to a great American icon that has a relationship with WWII.
He died in 1969, I was young but left a strong impact on all of us as we all served in the Armed Forces where I completed 28 years of active service. I did get to tour the battlefields of Europe where he served during combat as I served there during the success of liberation in the early 80's.
The multiple other tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, Philippines and a few other sweet locations where I served I always reflected to how our WW II heroes and Nation survived during a very difficult time. To think that we had 5 million at one time serving in two major wars is amazing. They were truly heroes as the trips across the ocean to the Pacific were 30 day floats, compared to a 18 hour flight.
They set a high standard of discipline and commitment building a nation during and after wars that sustained us for many decades. The price of war is tough, but we do learn from it.
The new generation of heroes are here and we thank them for their commitment and sacrifice. I know that we will find a niche in our nation for their learned skills as history did for the WW II generation.
May God continue to bless this Nation and those serving keeping a watchful eye on them and their families. Pray for their safe return.
Happy Veterans Day.