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A Good Joe

November 11, 2011

I love the infantry because they are the underdogs. They are the mud-rain-frost-and-wind boys. They have no comforts, and they even learn to live without the necessities. And in the end they are the guys that wars can't be won without.

It wasn't generals who interested him; he revered the common soldier, and his correspondence from the front lines was written much like a personal letter to a friend.

On the preparations to invade at Normandy:

The best way I can describe this vast armada and the frantic urgency of the traffic is to suggest that you visualize New York City on its busiest day of the year and then just enlarge that scene until it takes in all the ocean the human eye can reach clear around the horizon and over the horizon. 

He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for his stories of ordinary soldiers:

The men are walking. They are fifty feet apart, for dispersal. Their walk is slow, for they are dead weary, as you can tell even when looking at them from behind. Every line and sag of their bodies speaks their inhuman exhaustion.

It was a tough time to have expectations:

Someday when peace has returned to this odd world I want to come to London again and stand on a certain balcony on a moonlit night and look down upon the peaceful silver curve of the Thames with its dark bridges.

He never got the chance to see that moonlit night or the movie of his life, “The Story of GI Joe.”

On April 18, 1945, Ernie Pyle died on Le Shima, an island off Okinawa, after being hit by Japanese machine-gun fire.

Today is a day to remind ourselves that our American freedoms come at a cost. Not only in lives lost, but as Ernie Pyle pointed out, in other ways:

Our men can't make this change from normal civilians into warriors and remain the same people ... the abnormal world they have been plunged into, the new philosophies they have had to assume or perish inwardly, the horrors and delights ... they are bound to be different people from those you sent away. They are rougher than when you knew them. Killing is a rough business.

Veterans deserve our utmost gratitude and respect.

J. Peterman


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November 11, 2011 12:12 AM
Com-100Com-300First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Gia said...

Ah Mr. Peterman, what a truly beautiful tribute to our veterans. My father was in the infantry, a soldier landing on the beach at Normandy. And while he rarely spoke of those days, it was clear it had made a profound difference in his life. I've read many descriptions of those terrible days, reading Ernie Pyle makes it so vivid. Again, thanks for your wonderful tribute to to all our veterans that put their life on the line in every war.

November 11, 2011 12:23 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Our Country is the fitting monument to their sacrifice. No stone wall,fountain,or endless fields of markers,each with a name,can be the tribute that is the Country that has survived,and exists,because they gave all. Stand down,men, and we salute you.

November 11, 2011 1:30 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

On a hot summer day in 1944, our brother at age 18 voluntarily headed off to war in the Pacific Theater.

He was in the infantry and often was in fierce, hand-to-hand combat for the better part of two years.

He was awarded medals and honorably discharged when World War II ended. He returned home and started his own business.

On 11-11-11 – today – we had long planned to honor him with a special family gathering.

But last Sunday morning he died.

We will have his funeral at 11 on this morning of 11-11-11.

And we will say to him, in part, as we honor him:

“We are here today to celebrate your life and the multitude of exemplary guideposts you left for each of us . . .

To appreciate your being a close and trusted and reliable friend in every sense of the word . . .

For being one of deep, unfailing faith. . .

One of unfaltering commitment . . .

The keeper and delightful teller of cherished family stories . . .

One of smile-inducing and laughter-evoking humor that lifted the spirits. . .

One who in countless ways helped so many others carry their burdens, no matter how heavy the load . . .

One of his word. . .

One who loved and is loved. . .

One of wise, steady counsel. . .

One with a smile on his face, a smile in his heart, a smile in his soul. . .

One of proven valor and courage under unspeakable World War II circumstances, one who is our honored family member of what we all now know to be the Greatest Generation. . .

We give you a richly-deserved, snappy and appreciative salute.

A salute that is profoundly felt by all of us here today, one that is summed up in two, simple but appropriate words:

Thank you.

And thank you for being you.”

November 11, 2011 5:13 AM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

lotlot:  At least you were Bless'd with him in your life for a long, long time ... and even then I know ... that it is never long enough ... Let Peace Be Upon Every Facet of Your Life ...

November 11, 2011 5:38 AM
Myself 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Spring Fragrance said...

Lot...I salute your brother ....

It's Remembrance Day here in Australia; it's not a public holiday. ANZAC day, on the 25th April is observed as a national day of war commemoration. What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day for Americans?

November 11, 2011 6:09 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

LOT.........................Many thoughts your way and to your family as you bury your brother..................these men & women had (& have) bravery I cannot conceive of...................

November 11, 2011 6:49 AM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Well said, Lotlot, may the face of our Maker shine upon him.

November 11, 2011 7:43 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Lynn830 said...

To my fellow veterans, Welcome Home.  Thank you for your service.
Formerly 1st Lt., Military Intelligence, US Army
Headquarters, XXIV Corps, Phu Bai Combat Base
Republic of Viet Nam

November 11, 2011 7:48 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

I have at 5:00 AM, in the snow, put out our flag by the faint light of a morning moon… or is it mourning?
Lot ~
Nice tribute to your brother who, having gone off to fight in the year I was born, returned to live a long life of love, respect, admiration and appreciation.
Something that has come clear from thinking and writing a lot about guys like him is that not only did they provide leadership but more importantly strong followership.
"Our man in the shop, the firm, the farm, the county or the country might be a hapless and weak leader but he is what we have now and if we all pull together, we can make him look good."
Not having a right to salute, I place an old spotted hand over my heart and say thanks.


November 11, 2011 7:50 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

LOTLOT--Saluting your brother and celebrating your lives together. Many condolences to your family.

November 11, 2011 8:00 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

My father was in the Invasion of Okinawa. He was then stationed at IloIlo where he was lucky enough to be an announcer for Armed Forces Radio. As a child I begged for stories but of course what could he tell a little girl? One of my favorites: it was extremely hot. On particularly bad days as one walked from one location to another, mental implorment began for one of the locals who would walk the roads with a basket of little cans of iced cold Dole Pineapple juice. 2 for 25 cents. The first was for drinking straight down and quenching thirst, the second for sipping and savoring. A great joy in my childhood was to bring my father 2 cans of Dole pineapple juice when he was mowing the lawn, without him asking.

I don't know what your father did in the War. My father was the greatest soldier of all and when he died in 2002 there was a six pack of Dole Pineapple juice in little cans in his fridge, as there are in mine right now.

My son is on a 28 city 27 concert tour right now. He keeps his personal effects in his Grandfather's duffel bag. The same one Grandpa carried in the Invasion of Okinawa.

To all Veterans, everywhere...thank you. Welcome home. I salute your bravery and courage and I fly a flag in your honor today. Thank you thank you.

November 11, 2011 8:39 AM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Not long ago I watched The Story of G.I. Joe with a young Burgess Meredith portraying Ernie Pyle. To put a human face on the foot soldiers was and remains an important job for war correspondents. It should give us resolve, help us understand the huge price they pay and have us doing everything we can to prevent another war. ***I extol the virutes of individualism here but I fully understand that the Constitution is signed sealed and delivered not with ink but with the blood sweat and tears of extraordinary men and women. At my Thanksgiving table, after the Lord, they are the first to be remembered and revered and thanked in reverance.

November 11, 2011 8:41 AM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

What a beautiful tribute to our veterans; how fitting.  Thank you to all those who serve.

November 11, 2011 9:04 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

Oh, utterances are silent, your words speak eloquently.........I'll salute at 11.    Mr. Peterman, you yourself did well this morning letting Ernie Pyle speak.

November 11, 2011 9:47 AM
10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photo SkyWalker said...

Very well written this morning. Thank you to all our veterans. Welcome home especially to our dearest ones. And, God bless them. We owe them so much.

@ Spring Fragrance, Memorial Day in the US is a holiday in memory of those in the military who died in service to this country. Veterans Day is to recognize those who have served who have come home to us.

November 11, 2011 9:47 AM
Beth_1209 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 EADutton said...

I am a veteran, as was my late husband.  We have a son who is currently serving in the US Army.  I have two brothers who are also are veterans.  And also my late father....a Veteran of WWII.  I currently have two of my nephews who are serving in the Air Force. 
Yes, this is a day set aside to honor the Veterans.  The irony....we celebrate with furniture sales, car sales, and department store sales. 
I, too, will salute at 11:00.  I pray every day that we will no longer have wars that we need to send our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, and best friends to. I also pray that there will still be young men and women who love their freedom so much that they are willing to serve their country in maintaining and defending our freedom.
Thank you, Mr. Peterman. 

more on the honor roll
November 11, 2011 9:49 AM
First-com axmangeorge said...

Spring Fragrance: Memorial Day began as a day to remember the sacrifices of the American Civil War, then was rejuvenated after World War 1. It started as a "decoration day" where people went out to cemeteries and decorated the headstones of fallen soldiers. (When I was growing up we used to have decoration days once a year. My grandmother always found the headstone of someone with no surviving family and draped it with tea roses from her yard.) This holiday became official in 1971.

Veteran's Day is to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War 1. It was first celebrated in 1919 (obviously) but became an official American holiday in 1938.

To me, Memorial Day is when we remember fallen soldiers and Veteran's Day is when we pay tribute to surviving veterans.

November 11, 2011 9:57 AM
10041_445991248814972_692962064_n Com-100Com-300First-comHr-1 The Giraffe said...

To All our Veterans - THANK YOU

November 11, 2011 10:19 AM
Bisa-avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 JaxZ said...

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae

November 11, 2011 10:22 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

AXMANGEORGE Really well put and welcome.

Again, honoring and saluting all Veterans today.

November 11, 2011 10:23 AM
Bisa-avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 JaxZ said...

Forgive me, written by Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae M.D., May 3, 1915.

November 11, 2011 10:28 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

JaxZ ~
Excellent choice.
In the waning weeks of her life, my wife's mom recited that along with About Ben Adhem learned at Longfellow School one block from her home.
It is not for me to say but it looked like she took as much comfort from what she learned in school as she did from what her church had to offer.

November 11, 2011 10:55 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Rusty said...

Lotlot, your words are a tribute not only to your brother but to all who have fought for our freedoms.  They echo your love.  May it comfort you in this time of sorrow.
To all  the veterns Hail and thank you.

November 11, 2011 10:56 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

ChefDeb ~
Our old neighbor, Mr. Simpson, would often offer a little can of pineapple juice which, in those days, needed to be opened with a church key he carried.
We were sitting out back enjoying an herbal autumn bonfire and his wife knowing that he topped his off from the small flask he carried in an inside vest pocket asked: "If I threw that on the fire, would it explode?"
"No, woman," he said, "but I would."
She tipped his straw hat down over his eyes and walked into the house grumbling.
"I have," he said, "no secrets left."

November 11, 2011 11:05 AM
Bisa-avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 JaxZ said...

In 6 minutes you're all going to feel something soft and warm brush your cheek.
Just because.
EST get's there first. ;)

November 11, 2011 11:16 AM
Bisa-avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 JaxZ said...

Stoney, I love that poem. It encourages me that passage is not made in vain, that there will be rest, and that someone will carry on.

November 11, 2011 11:18 AM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

We do need an Ernie Pyle today.  We need someone who will personalize this war and people fighting; someone who will let us know these are our men and women, most just girls and boys.   That for or against war, these are our people. 

November 11, 2011 11:31 AM
First-comHr-1 IreneR said...

Thanks for this post. I'm going to take some time at 11AM today to sit quietly and think strong thoughts and, well, just give respect.  My son is a Marine--light armored reconnaissance. A note I got from him
yesterday--the 236th birthday of the Marine Corps--says, "The reason
America sleeps soundly at night is that rough men (and women) are
guarding its borders."  Also, I've got to tell you that I agree with Andy. It would be good to have someone like an Ernie Pyle who would report on the way--daily. Maybe we'd get tired of hearing it but we would not so easily forget that some of us are fighting a war while other of us, myself included (except in the middle of those sleepless nights when I'm checking casualty reports from Afghanistan), have "gone shopping."   Semper Fi from a Marine's mom

November 11, 2011 11:42 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Welcome, axemangeorge.
What a pageful of hearfelt, moving comments. Of course, our 11/11/11 was hours ago. I like to think of that ripple of silence travelling round our strange planet through the time zones.
Is it my imagination, or do all those lines of headstones that mark military cemeteries stand a little straighter and higher for those two minutes?
While sorting a box of family papers recently (thankyou, mother) I found my Dad's Army Discharge papers and his Dad's WW1 Airforce papers.

November 11, 2011 12:37 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 rwh1 said...

As a veteran ;Korean War ,38th Inf Reg. 2nd Inf .Div, I always feel very honored when vets are given an appreciation salute of any kind be it a parade,a dinner or whatever. For me personally the vets I honor the most were the P.O.W.s Tthey are not recognized enough.( I was not a P.O.W. by the way)

November 11, 2011 12:39 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

To Ivan, GeorgeHall, EADutton, Jaxz and all others (and I know I've missed a lot of you!) who selflessly served, I thank you.  I thank you for hearing the cries and holding each other tight, for dodging the bullets and blasts, for continuing to walk and fight when you're too tired to even think about moving, for finding something to smile about and something to care about in the midst of all the danger around you.  Thank you, just thank you.

November 11, 2011 1:23 PM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

MISS CAROL:  We Thanks You for the Notice .......

November 11, 2011 2:13 PM
Sarah2 10photoviewsFirst-comFirst-photoHr-1 Dash said...

Hello all.  And a huge salute to all our Veterans.  I am pleased to join such a group of intelligent, thoughtful people.  Your thoughts on this day have prompted me to add my own.  My mother and father were both veterans, as were two of my uncles who served in WWII.  All of them first generation Americans.  This also happens to be my grandmother's birthday.  She would have been One hundred and eleven years old today.  God bless you all.

November 11, 2011 2:14 PM
Sarah2 10photoviewsFirst-comFirst-photoHr-1 Dash said...

Hello all.  And a huge salute to all our Veterans.  I am pleased to join such a group of intelligent, thoughtful people.  Your thoughts on this day have prompted me to add my own.  My mother and father were both veterans, as were two of my uncles who served in WWII.  All of them first generation Americans.  This also happens to be my grandmother's birthday.  She would have been One hundred and eleven years old today.  God bless you all.

November 11, 2011 2:15 PM
Sarah2 10photoviewsFirst-comFirst-photoHr-1 Dash said...

Hello all.  And a huge salute to all our Veterans.  I am pleased to join such a group of intelligent, thoughtful people.  Your thoughts on this day have prompted me to add my own.  My mother and father were both veterans, as were two of my uncles who served in WWII.  All of them first generation Americans.  This also happens to be my grandmother's birthday.  She would have been One hundred and eleven years old today.  God bless you all.

November 11, 2011 2:25 PM
Sarah2 10photoviewsFirst-comFirst-photoHr-1 Dash said...

Sorry about the duplicates!  Just getting used to this system.

November 11, 2011 2:30 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Haha Dash~ Don't go away! You have a classic case of the Bert Burps where posts repeat on you. Don't worry, you are not alone.

November 11, 2011 2:37 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Lot Lot - What a fine tribute to your brother! Thanks from our side of TheSepia Train for those well-chosen words that honor all such great souls.

Honor and respect to all our Veterans today!

As well as to my step-father, Ray, who served the USAF as a paymaster all through from 1947-1967, and then another 20 yrs. to the USPostal Service.....Of course, he is ok with pensions now, but has some health problems....of which his benefits are taking good care. My own dad was USArmy, 1943-1947, but stationed in Minnesota using his banker's background in the offices. Lost good friends in Vietnam (helicopter pilots), but also have one good friend who flew Hueys and came home, never to talk of it.

I have stood with teary eyes in Andersonville, Gettysburg, Arlington, many butial/battlegounds across the US, and the new national cemetery here in Cherokee County, GA, and given much thought to the sacrifices represented there. It is surely one cost of having the great society that we enjoy. It is also true that we would not have our security without our military. Let us pray that a day will come soon that wars will end, and we can have another period of "stand-off" or balance that some call "peace."

November 11, 2011 2:41 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

You knew that was "burial" grounds....and just a typo, didn't you?!

November 11, 2011 3:45 PM
Com-100First-comHr-1 smilesforever said...

God Bless and keep all our Veterans...remember them today and everyday.  Please look at Lizzie Palmer's beautiful tribute on You Tube.  God Bless America!  "With all it's sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world...Strive to be happy."

November 11, 2011 3:45 PM
Bisa-avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 JaxZ said...

Irene, prayers for inpenetrable armor.

Welcome, Dash and axemangeorge!

Stoney, thank you for introducing me to Abou Ben Adhem.

So many thoughtful posts. So many family heros I now feel are part of mine.

November 11, 2011 3:47 PM
Bisa-avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 JaxZ said...


November 11, 2011 3:51 PM
Com-100First-comHr-1 smilesforever said...

IreneR~  Thank you for your son's service....takes a strong,loving Mom to raise a good man.

November 11, 2011 3:53 PM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...

Poor BERT, we attribute all duplicate entries to him, JUSTIFLIBLY!!!

November 11, 2011 4:21 PM
4188 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photo Penelopetx said...

Thank you, all Veterans, for your service and thank you, all their families for their sacrifice!
Such a wonderful group, I am late to salute, but Lotlot, I hope you and yours find peace.

November 11, 2011 4:26 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

It is possible to recite from memory the entire speech given by a military big shot (very big) who owing to a bad back could not continue.

"It is, as it has always been, all about looking out for the man or person next to you and there is always someone next to you."

Luckily for him the hotel had a couple linebackers to help him off the stage and about every third person in the audience turned out to be a doctor. Although, if he had been a pill taker (he wasn't) he probably could have scored better out in the alley.
A heating pad, recliner, warm blankie, a bowl of bean soup and a jacked up Coke seemed to set him right and it is unlikely that a better short presentation had ever been made.

Latest food reference ever.

November 11, 2011 4:27 PM
Cestmoiparis 10photoviewsFirst-comFirst-photoFirst-review Alison said...

Thank God for my dad and all the boys just like him (because they were boys). My dad had just turned 16 when he volunteered with the Army in 1941, directly after Pearl Harbor. Somehow, I'm not sure how, because he didn't like to talk about what happened to him until a few years before he died in 2005, when the stories started tumbling out, he ended up in the Marines, fighting at Bougainville and Guadalcanal and Okinawa. There are these wonderful pictures of my dad with palm trees in the background, guns and ammunition strapped all over his body, shirtless, gazing off into the distance as though he were about to join Charlton Heston in the making of some epic... and he was 17.

November 11, 2011 6:48 PM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

I Wish All  in The Village a Great Weekend !!!
Thanks To All Who Have Served, Thanks To All Who Wait'd Behind, Pray'd, and Cried ... Blessings To All Who Remember and Respect .......
Freedom is Never Free ... The Costs Are Dear and Many Have Paid, But We Shall Remain Willing and Ever Vigilant Until We as a Nation Study War No More .......
To the Tribe:  A Good Sabbath !!!
I Wish You a Sabbath of Peace, of Joy, and Rest ......
May Our Rest Be Pleasing Unto The Lord .......
Blessings Upon You All .......

November 11, 2011 6:51 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

Thanks IVAN.
I was beginning  to wonder…
Be blessed as well.
I have brought the flag in twelve hours later.

November 11, 2011 7:13 PM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

Good Sabbath Ivan and thanks for your service!

Stoney thanks for telling me about Mr. Simpson.

November 11, 2011 7:29 PM
Me 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Cynthia said...

LOTLOT ~ beautiful tribute, I too salute your brother.

My father proudly served in the U.S. Navy in WWII on a destroyer - the U.S.S Ammen. He was one of the first allowed in to Nagasaki and Hiroshima to take pictures just after the atomic bombs were dropped. He passed away September 2008.
My big brother proudly served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a member of Special Forces - more MacGyver than Rambo. He passed away this July.

I am so thankful for all that they and others have done and have sacrificed for our country. Thank you to loved ones left at home for your strength.

November 11, 2011 7:57 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

Park4 ~
I have warmed a spot on a village bench for you all day. No, not that way... with a tuna and noodle hot dish.

CD ~
There was some kind of a pineapple juice legend too but neither I nor my brothers can remember it. It'll be driving them nuts for a while. I'll just go to sleep and forget it.

November 11, 2011 11:08 PM
First-com Anam Cara said...

God love Ernie Pyle. We live in the land of the free, BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE.

November 12, 2011 8:05 AM
First-com Sergeant Mike said...

I absolutely love the story, it's a story I know well and remember seeing the movie. I am an Infantryman writing to you from my 5th tour of combat and appreciate your comments. I recently purchased the Grecian Goddess Dress (No. 3429) for my wife to wear to the military ball upon my return and I'll be sure to send a picture. Have a great day.

November 12, 2011 7:31 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

welcome aboard, Sergeant Mike

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