Bossy never really thought about it this way before, but her father is a veteran. That’s him, third from the left. Actually that’s not Bossy’s father, that’s the character Hawkeye Pierce from the TV show M*A*S*H. But Bossy’s father and Hawkeye Pierce are exactly the same in that they both have dark hair and drink gin—and both joined the army to serve in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) in Korea, although for Bossy’s father it was after the Korean War was over.
Bossy never thinks about her father as a veteran, because he has spent every other minute of his life not in uniform marching against wars. But likely it was his army experience and his respect for military personnel that made his anti-war stance stronger.
And about his experience? Bossy’s father said many of the depictions in M*A*S*H are correct. They got the awful conditions correct. The mud, the latrines, the freezing cold, the homesickness. They got the humor correct. And the incessant drinking.
Which brings us to today’s Ten-Word Challenge. In exactly ten words, can you tell Bossy about a family member or friend who is a veteran? How about someone who is serving now?
And don’t forget to check back later today for the most colorful heroes on the web!
ShallowGal saysNovember 11, 2008 at 9:36 am
Grandfather invited to WW2 monument unveiling. Proudest moment of life.
Mandy saysNovember 11, 2008 at 9:38 am
Uncle Larry. Returned from war but was never the same.
Debby saysNovember 11, 2008 at 9:39 am
Everyone was wrong age at war time. No heroes here.
BOSSY saysNovember 11, 2008 at 9:39 am
Bossy’s cousin Adrian is in the Navy. Lucky, lucky Navy.
MariaV saysNovember 11, 2008 at 9:42 am
Cousin, Navy Seal, Every Deployment is a SECRET, Miss Him
MariaV saysNovember 11, 2008 at 9:43 am
BIL, Joined Navy As Enlisted, Will Retire as an Officer
Buf saysNovember 11, 2008 at 9:46 am
Dad protected Selma marchers during his MP training, totally awesome
cartoongoddess saysNovember 11, 2008 at 9:52 am
Abe. He was an amazing artist/teacher, my first enabler.
Josie saysNovember 11, 2008 at 9:55 am
Cousin in Afghanistan. Canadian military. Second tour and miss him.
Betsy saysNovember 11, 2008 at 9:57 am
My dad – my hero. Navigator on a B24 in WWII.
K saysNovember 11, 2008 at 9:57 am
Grandfather: Chased Pancho Villa, early to WWI, shrapnel at armistice.
Liz saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:00 am
Grandpa: WWII Paratrooper, jumped behind enemy lines in Bastogne, Belgium.
Kirsten saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:01 am
Paul Allen. Iraq HERO. Missed by many. Rest in Peace.
dgm saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:02 am
My dad came to America by joining the US Navy.
Heidi saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:06 am
Uncle George. Served in Vietnam. Taught me coolest card tricks.
janet saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:09 am
Jackson volunteered as drill sargeant – No deployment for three years!
Cathy~ As the World Flops saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:09 am
May God be with those that serve across the pond.
Cathy saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:11 am
My Jv that jumps the pond with the Air Force. (WPAFB) Ohio
Kirsten saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:13 am
Papaw wrote his sweetie as planes flew over to Normandy.
JustJuli saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:18 am
Younger sister. Navy. 8 months in Gulf. Couldn’t be prouder!
Kristin saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:20 am
father-in-law former navy pilot. still anal. good direction..
Cathy Dee saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:23 am
My dad. 85. Army vet. WWII. Greatest generation, greatest dad.
The Domestic Goddess saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:24 am
Dad in Air Force, never went to Vietnam. THANK GOD.
MamaMo saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:25 am
Grandpa WWII pilot, Dad Vietnam infantry, Sister & BIL Gulf War.
Mama Bear saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:25 am
Dad was in the air force during the Korean War. After training, his unit was sent over to Korea, but Dad couldn’t get clearance quickly because his own father (emigrated from Russia) had served in WWI in Europe – and the USAF couldn’t determine which side he was on!
Eventually they determined he wasn’t an enemy, but not before the unit had shipped. And in Dad’s place, they sent the unit’s trainer! Dad got promoted and spent the rest of his service training new airplane mechanics.
4dbirds saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:30 am
Me!!!! Hubby!!! Son 1, Son 3, we all served, Army.
Spinoff saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:32 am
My dad and three brothers in WWII–Grandma’s the hero.
bossy's friend martha saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:36 am
brother. gulf. iraq. dad. vietnam. grandad. WWII. they’re all sweeties.
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:38 am
My West Pointer grandfather was a Brigadier General in WWII.
chocolatechic saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:44 am
Superman, a sniper for 3 years I’m stuck with camo.
Julianne saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:46 am
Dad was drafted into WWII. Still won’t talk about it.
Laura saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:48 am
Dad is Korean war vet and said it was COLD!
Life is Good saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:49 am
Uncle Bob WWII, injured in tank accident, couldn’t have children.
Undomestic Diva saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:53 am
Bro-in-law Sgt. Hook, at age 19 earned Purple Heart in Iraq.
Little Miss Sunshine State saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:53 am
Dad. National Guard called during Berlin Crisis. Away one year.
Margaret saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:54 am
Dad joined Army during depression for luxury of regular meals.
Linda saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:56 am
Daddy, 2 Uncles, WWII, Vietnam and Korea. Family in Desert Storm.
kristin saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:57 am
Vietnam changed my uncle forever–and not for the good.
rockle saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:57 am
Husband’s grandfather. WWII, Korea, Vietnam. Buried at Arlington. Dearly missed.
hollygee saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:58 am
Dad, WWII, learned to sleep on march, and anywhere else!
Windy saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:00 am
My badass Grandpa fought at Pearl Harbor.
Kristi saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:01 am
Husband is missed. Afghanistan has no gin, beer, nor sleep.
rebekah saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:01 am
Korea: pacifist dad ordered tractor detail: plow fields. Saved families.
Cheri @ Blog This Mom! saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:02 am
Here is where I go to honor heroes daily: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forces/casualties/
mandy313 saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:02 am
Dad, WWII, 17, Grandma agreed, one condition:
ABSOLUTELY NO TATTOOS
Jenn saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:04 am
Grandfa in WW2. Frostbitten toes smell funny even years later.
Jami saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:05 am
Dad was decorated WWII pilot and POW. I miss him.
Dharmamama saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:11 am
Nephew’s back from Iraq, safe. Words can’t express relief, joy.
k23 saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:21 am
precious boy flying AF Iraq Afganistan Kuwait – we’re all praying!
jeri lynne saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:24 am
Dad served in Navy during Korean War..passed in May..miss him bad
Chasinash saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:25 am
Cousin missed the birth of baby 1 and baby 2.
Sue saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:28 am
Dad is a WWII vet. Still goes to Navy reunions.
sozzled saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:29 am
nephew. Marine. boot camp on 9/11. Iraq. thankfully home safely.
Tootsie Farklepants saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:30 am
Grandpa WW2 South Pacific he didn’t like talking about it..
Lora saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:34 am
BIL Roger, 5 kids, 2 years in Afghanistan, now retired
Kiki saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:35 am
Marine BIL served in Iraq twice. Thank God he’s back!!
Serendipitous Girl saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:36 am
Friend. Veteran (defended), cop (protected) freedom. But gay. Can’t marry.
Jennifer saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:36 am
Two grandfathers, dad, brother, husband, many friends – all my heroes.
Bobbie saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:56 am
My Dad was a cryptographer in the Army Air Corps.
sherry saysNovember 11, 2008 at 12:00 pm
Dad and his older brother both survived Normandy invasion.
But what he remembered most? Terrible seasickness the whole way overseas.
GreatAunt saysNovember 11, 2008 at 12:06 pm
Uncle Tony served in Vietnam. Died to young. Miss him.
Jacquie saysNovember 11, 2008 at 12:08 pm
Dad drafted, mom pregnant with baby 5. Who’s the hero?
pam saysNovember 11, 2008 at 12:11 pm
Jerry Sweet was Navy, he said they didn’t respect humans.
junebug saysNovember 11, 2008 at 12:11 pm
Admiral Kimmel was my fourth-cousin twice-removed.
Christina saysNovember 11, 2008 at 12:14 pm
Dad: 20 + years career Air Force. Former Republican – not anymore.
~annie saysNovember 11, 2008 at 12:15 pm
Antony Davies, USMC, 18, Iraq. Hopefully he’ll be a veteran…
Grandma J saysNovember 11, 2008 at 12:23 pm
My SIL and all service men and women. Thank you for your service.
Now I’m off to a parade, then a National Cemetery
jp saysNovember 11, 2008 at 12:28 pm
FIL, Career Army, used Army issued Socks till he died!
Owengirl79 saysNovember 11, 2008 at 12:30 pm
My MIL is 88…was in the Waves in WW2!
Not June Cleaver saysNovember 11, 2008 at 12:31 pm
Father killed in Vietnam. Can’t give much more than that.
Heather saysNovember 11, 2008 at 12:38 pm
Grandpa, drafted, WWI & WWII Navy. Miss him & his pound cake.
clair saysNovember 11, 2008 at 12:38 pm
Uncle, aunt, cousin, friends. Some fought, they all stayed safe.
jll in bfe saysNovember 11, 2008 at 12:42 pm
Son, Iraq. Army Intelligence. Only one year left. Keep breathing..
andi saysNovember 11, 2008 at 12:44 pm
Grandfather escaped Bataan death marches, later recaptured. Uncle wounded VietNam.
Stimey saysNovember 11, 2008 at 12:45 pm
Dad and uncle both proud marines corps Vietnam veterans. Hate war. Loved them.
(They’re worth 13 words.)
David saysNovember 11, 2008 at 12:57 pm
Dad served during Korean war. Worked on Agent Orange. Hmmm.
islaygirl saysNovember 11, 2008 at 1:14 pm
old boyfriend: marine. kindest, gentlest man suffered horrors with honor.
Heather saysNovember 11, 2008 at 1:15 pm
Granddad landed at Normandy, June 8, 44. Pushed through to Battle of the Bulge. Two Purple Hearts, died before the D-Day Memorial or WWII memorials were complete.
Barbara saysNovember 11, 2008 at 1:21 pm
Dropped bombs in Iraq. Then pregnant wife is MY hero.
Alaskan saysNovember 11, 2008 at 1:23 pm
Cousin goes to Baghdad this month. Pray he stays safe!
AnnP saysNovember 11, 2008 at 1:27 pm
Brother in Vietnam…forty years later, PTS rears it’s head.
swistle saysNovember 11, 2008 at 1:36 pm
Grandpa got sent to France and never saw any fighting.
Issa saysNovember 11, 2008 at 1:42 pm
Two Grandpas; one WWII, one Korea; both pilots, both gone.
Kris saysNovember 11, 2008 at 1:42 pm
Neighbor man. Vietnam. Went through HELL. Still fights the war.
Kris saysNovember 11, 2008 at 1:44 pm
Navy dad. No fighting but partied his way around world.
jennifer saysNovember 11, 2008 at 1:44 pm
Both gradfathers, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law, husband.
Kris saysNovember 11, 2008 at 1:45 pm
Brother. Will retire from Air Force in May. My HERO!
gramps saysNovember 11, 2008 at 1:48 pm
Uncle flew daylight bombing missions over Germany during the 2nd World War. Couldn’t finish watching the movie “12 O’clock High”. Too real!!!
claireb saysNovember 11, 2008 at 2:01 pm
My wonderful Dad says, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.”
Reeb saysNovember 11, 2008 at 2:15 pm
No kamikazes hit Dad’s ship. Him: grateful. Childhood Me: disappointed.
Alexandra saysNovember 11, 2008 at 2:30 pm
Navy SEAL brother currently serving in the sandbox. Hoo Ya!
Naomi saysNovember 11, 2008 at 2:31 pm
my Uncle is on the Viet Nam Memorial in DC.
Stepbrother in Afghanistan. Good friend in Iraq.
Father in law in WWII, gunner in fighter plane
pray for peace!
kay saysNovember 11, 2008 at 2:31 pm
Mom was codebreaker in WWII; became a pilot. She rocked.
Heather saysNovember 11, 2008 at 2:37 pm
Uncle shot in Vietnam. Healed and became General’s driver.
Christy saysNovember 11, 2008 at 2:39 pm
My dear Father, Marine in WWII, miss him terribly so.
julie saysNovember 11, 2008 at 2:40 pm
Gotta do 2 for the two men that most influence me…
Grandpa liberated Dachau with 42nd Rainbow, never spoke of it.
Dad served in Navy in late 60s, learned a trade.
Cat saysNovember 11, 2008 at 2:46 pm
Hubby – USAF pilot. Dad, Brother, Future SIL- MS National Guard.
Liz in Virginia saysNovember 11, 2008 at 2:51 pm
My dad — Vietnam veteran, hero, proud to be a soldier.
megachick saysNovember 11, 2008 at 3:03 pm
dad, alaska for vietnam? mp nephew goes to mosul january.
Brando saysNovember 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm
Dad served from Vietnam to Gulf War I. Doesn’t miss it.
rb saysNovember 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm
Dad, Berlin airlift, giving candy to hungry East Berlin kids.
Jill saysNovember 11, 2008 at 3:26 pm
Dad, says he appreciates every shower he gets to take.
Kerri Anne saysNovember 11, 2008 at 3:46 pm
Dad worked intelligence in Vietnam; his stories are still classified.
Iraq: three cousins currently serving. Air Force, Army, Air Force.
HeyJoe saysNovember 11, 2008 at 4:00 pm
Dad was in army – late 50’s after Korea. Thank God.
Stuffanie saysNovember 11, 2008 at 4:06 pm
Grandpa Clarence the Korean War Vet. Awesome tattoos of blue.
Domestic Goddess (in training) saysNovember 11, 2008 at 4:06 pm
Dad was in Viet Nam. He survived. We are lucky.
divrchk saysNovember 11, 2008 at 4:15 pm
My husband is a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy. He is still active duty and has been in for over 14 years. He is currently living in TN while I’m with the kids in VA because with the economy, nobody wants to buy my house. To top it off, his housing allowance decreased substantially to TN rates while we are still paying NoVA prices! Go Navy!
Franca Bollo saysNovember 11, 2008 at 4:22 pm
Father signed after Pearl Harbor. Stationed in Lyon. Oh laaa ..
Melanie @ MelADramatic Mommy saysNovember 11, 2008 at 4:24 pm
Husband currently in Navy, we adopted Army soldier in Iraq.
Mackenzie saysNovember 11, 2008 at 4:27 pm
Great Grandfather, Grandfather, Father and Fiance are all U.S. veterans.
Denise saysNovember 11, 2008 at 4:29 pm
Dad was in Navy for ‘Nam; talks about it rarely.
Sheryl W saysNovember 11, 2008 at 4:43 pm
Hubby shot in Afganistan, 15 years of Army, true patriot.
lesliereid saysNovember 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm
Father–in-law lucky to survive frontline of Battle of the Bulge.
queenster saysNovember 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm
Clarence. Korean Vet. The best looking grandpa in navy uniform!
sarah saysNovember 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm
My husband, served for eight years, thnkfully during peace time.
Jes saysNovember 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm
military family: father = Air Force – husband = Navy – father-in-law = Navy
Lori saysNovember 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm
Dad drafted to Vietnam. Purple Heart. Never talks about it.
Jessie saysNovember 11, 2008 at 5:19 pm
Dad, Navy, Vietnam. SS Simon Lake, Still influenced every day of life.
Stacey Ball saysNovember 11, 2008 at 5:49 pm
Grandpa was a vet, his big toe got shot off.
Ginny saysNovember 11, 2008 at 6:45 pm
My wonderful husband..Navy…too many months away from us.
Melissa saysNovember 11, 2008 at 6:46 pm
My dad served proudly before/despite don’t ask, don’t tell.
Krista saysNovember 11, 2008 at 6:56 pm
Daddy was a weatherman on USS Ranger & Ticonderoga during Vietnam.
so NOT cool saysNovember 11, 2008 at 7:38 pm
World War II
purple heart & 2 oak-leaf clusters
angie a saysNovember 11, 2008 at 7:53 pm
father-in-law drafted for Vietnam six months into new marriage
Patti Higgins saysNovember 11, 2008 at 7:59 pm
Think father-in-law and Bossy’s dad are same guy.
jan8mr.lootiato saysNovember 11, 2008 at 8:04 pm
John Balaban, hero, conscientious objector and poet of Vietnam War.
TS saysNovember 11, 2008 at 8:14 pm
Grandpa – WWII
Daddy – Vietnam
Uncles – Army
Brother – Marines
Brother – Navy
Beth saysNovember 11, 2008 at 8:15 pm
Great-granddad, dentist, WWI trenches. Bomb hit just him, didn’t detonate. Dead.
This one goes to 11.
annie w. saysNovember 11, 2008 at 8:17 pm
WWII-Gentlest uncle, gave bombadier his flight gear as protection, died because if it.
bjm saysNovember 11, 2008 at 8:17 pm
My father was an Air Force pilot. He flew in the Berlin Airlift and The Cuban Missile Blockade. He helped to end WWII and prevent WWIII. Gone west April 1987.
Imanitsud saysNovember 11, 2008 at 8:26 pm
WWII Vet Grandpa Wiebenga gave me bombadier ring. So sweet.
Shash saysNovember 11, 2008 at 8:49 pm
Uncle Tony was in the Vietnam War and earned 2 bronze stars and a purple heart we are proud to hang in our house tonight. (his gift to us on his passing) We’re thinking about him a lot today. We miss him.
My niece is in the U.S. Army, but is being discharged due to a shoulder injury. Once she has been rehabilitated, she plans to go back in.
Happy Veteran’s Day!
Liz saysNovember 11, 2008 at 8:52 pm
Other grandpa wanted to be pilot in WWII: bad eyesight.
Uncle taught Vietnamese villagers how to defend themselves: horrible dysentery.
Auds at Barking Mad saysNovember 11, 2008 at 9:14 pm
Daughter and granddaughter of Marines. Will always be forever grateful.
Larissa Gaston saysNovember 11, 2008 at 9:39 pm
Dad served in Vietnam, I’m grateful he made it home.
Surcie saysNovember 11, 2008 at 9:46 pm
Did you know that one of your boyfriend Barack’s favorite shows is “MASH”? (The other is “The Wire”.) Just sayin’.
My grandfather (84, still living) served in the Air Force during WWII along with his brother who died when his plane was shot down over France. Dad volunteered during Vietnam but they wouldn’t take him because of his flat feet! Thank God.
Surcie saysNovember 11, 2008 at 9:48 pm
PS: That’s 10 words, right? Sorry. Totally not paying attention today.
jan8mr.lootiato saysNovember 11, 2008 at 9:49 pm
What a patchwork quilt of American stories this Veterans Day.
Lisa saysNovember 11, 2008 at 9:53 pm
Dad-enlisted Navy.Proud man..
Father in Law-lied about age to enlist (at 16)-Brave soul.RIP papa Bill! Great Uncle Kenny-ace WWII fighter pilot and total dare devil till his last days.
Hubby-Marine devil dog.
BIL-Navy after High school
we are all the better for our Military.
Some gave all.
Heide saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:28 pm
Dad: ROTC, New Mexico, Germany, Veterans for Peace
annie u. saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:51 pm
Dad… Fifth Marine Division…. Iwo Jima……. never talked about it
lynette saysNovember 11, 2008 at 10:54 pm
The Husband, 3 time middle east vet. I love him. 🙂
mommymae saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:05 pm
father-in-law went to vietnam. different man came home.
Laura saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:12 pm
Cousin Danny killed in ‘Nam. I’m too young to remember.
Kathy from NJ saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:44 pm
Nephew flies C5, husband merchantmarine WW2, father ArmyAF machinist WW2, BIL Navy submarine Vietnam, cousin armypilot Vietnam
margalit saysNovember 11, 2008 at 11:52 pm
Dad flew B-24 bombers over Germany. Shot down, enterned.Switzerland.
Jenn @ Juggling Life saysNovember 12, 2008 at 12:54 am
Father-in-Law on a ship in Gulf during Bay of Pigs.
paintandink saysNovember 12, 2008 at 1:36 am
My husband goes under water for months at a time.
Cara saysNovember 12, 2008 at 1:50 am
Uncle, WWII; Brother,’Nam; Son, USN Desert Storm; all safe.
Katherine saysNovember 12, 2008 at 3:38 am
Brother is sniper in Iraq (currently on leave). PTSD needs to be addressed, and he does NOT want to go back.
Sheila saysNovember 12, 2008 at 10:50 am
Brother JAG in the Navy following footsteps of Dad, uncles.
Nicole saysNovember 12, 2008 at 11:25 am
My stepdad is not only an American hero, he’s mine, too.
Reeb saysNovember 12, 2008 at 1:31 pm
Thanks for all the wonderful stories.
Thanks to Grandfather, Uncle Larry, Adrian, Cousin, BIL, Dad, Abe, Cousin, Dad, Grandfather, Grandpa, Paul Allen, Dad, Uncle George, Jackson, JV, Papaw, sister, father-in-law, dad, Dad, grandpa, Dad, 4dbirds and Hubby and Son 1 and Son 3 (!), Grandma, brother, grandfather, Superman, Dad, Dad, Uncle Bob, Sgt. Hook, Dad, Dad, Daddy & 2 uncles, uncle, husband’s grandfather, dad, badass Grandpa, sorely missed Husband, pacifist dad, no-tattoos dad (did that promise work?), Grandfa, dad, nephew, precious boy, dad, cousin, dad, nephew, grandpa, BIL Roger, Marine BIL, friend, many male relatives of Jennifer, cryptographer dad, seasick Normandy invasion dad and uncle, Uncle tony, dad, Jerry Sweet, Admiral Kimmel, Dad, Antony Davies, SIL, FIL, MIL, fathr, grandpa, Uncle & aunt & cousin & friends, Army intelligence son in Iraq, Bataan death march escapee dad, dad and uncle, dad, old boyfriend, Granddad who landed in Normandy on June 8, then-pregnant-wife (and her appreciative husband), cousin, brother with PTSD, grandpa, two grandpas, neighbor, navy dad, another Jennifer’s many male relatives, brother, uncle who couldn’t watch High Noon, wonderful Marine dad, kamikaze-survivor dad (that’s my own dad, Frank), navy Seal brother, Uncle on the Wall and stepbrother and good friend and father-in-law, codebreaker/pilot mom (no kidding she must have rocked!), uncle, father, Dachau-liberator grandpa and dad, hubby, dad, dad, dad, candy-giving dad, shower-appreciating dad, classified-stories dad, dad, Uncle Clarence with awesome blue tattoos, dad, husband in TN, husband, father, Mackenzie’s generations of servicemen, dad, hubby shot down in Afghanistan, father-in-law, Clarence (related to Uncle with blue tattoos??), husband, military family, purple heart husband, dad, big-toe-missing Grandpa, husband, dad, daddy, Grandpa Anderson, father-in-law, John Balaban, TS’s military fam, Great-granddad in WWI trenches, gentlest uncle who gave away his flight gear, father, Grandpa Wiebenga, Uncle Tony and niece, other grandpa and anti-dysentery uncle (good for him!), Marine family, Dad, Lisa’s family, Veterans for Peace dad, Iwo Jima dad, 3-time middle east vet husband, father-in-law, Cousin Danny, nephew & husband & father & BIL & cousin, dad, father-in-law, underwater husband, Cara’s men who are all safe, sniper brother — hope he doesn’t have to go back to Iraq!, JAG brother, step-dad, and all named and unnamed who served.
And thanks for this opportunity to think a little about each of these people and to appreciate your love for them.
Jenni D. saysNovember 12, 2008 at 2:51 pm
Dad finally told us about Korea last summer. He’s 80.
elaine saysNovember 12, 2008 at 3:05 pm
Me. Coast Guard – Hawaii, California, Connecticut. Beautiful, but never home.
Karen (Submommy) saysNovember 12, 2008 at 4:05 pm
My husband is former Navy and served on a carrier.
Susan saysNovember 12, 2008 at 4:32 pm
My Dad, Poppy, cousin Steven are all veterans–Thank You!!!!
Linda260 saysNovember 12, 2008 at 5:36 pm
Husband – Navy – Cuban Missile crisis. Dad – WWII – bombadier. Me – proud!
AJMick saysNovember 12, 2008 at 8:32 pm
Two uncles, one Korea, one Vietnam, they are my heroes.
Nancy the Romancechick saysNovember 12, 2008 at 8:44 pm
Father – army, me – Army, Brother – Army, Father in law – Marine
Karen Costantino saysNovember 12, 2008 at 11:33 pm
My father, World War Two, gentle soul, very cruel world.
Dara saysNovember 13, 2008 at 9:16 am
Reruns of M*A*S*H made me want to be a nurse.
Elizabeth saysNovember 13, 2008 at 10:35 am
Tom Johnson. Funniest guy ever. Never talks about Vietnam War.
Marnie saysNovember 13, 2008 at 10:57 am
Great Uncle Jimmy, WWII in Navy, survived two ships sinking.
Leftcoastgirlie saysNovember 14, 2008 at 7:15 pm
Dad. Like yours. I was born in MASH unit
Erin saysNovember 14, 2008 at 9:19 pm
Brother leaving for 4th tour. He’s only twenty-five. Not fair.
ooopinionsss saysDecember 3, 2008 at 4:59 pm
How you think when the economic crisis will end? I wish to make statistics of independent opinions!