I served from 1951-54 during the Korean conflict. As an aviation structural mechanic my job was to repair planes that had been damaged in battle. Ours was squadron of AD-4 Bakers (attack bombers) land-stationed at Moffett Field in San Jose, California. Prior to joining that squadron, I was stationed at Millington Air Station in Memphis and still prior to that in Jacksonville, Florida for job training. I did my basic in Great Lakes. I was called into active Naval Reserve from college after six weeks at Baylor University. I Was 18 and served until I was 21. When I came out I finished my education with the GI Bill.
During my time in the Navy and ever since, I have been convinced that every young American should contribute a year or two early in their life to military service. It would promote a feeling of patriotism that they do not feel otherwise. In my view, both they and the nation would benefit from this.
I want to take this opportunity to thank those who have served and who are currently serving by sacrificing and devoting years of their lives to protecting our Nation, our states, our communities and yes, our very families from those who oppose America and all that it stands for.
For those deployed overseas, may God bless and watch over you and your families here at home while they share in the sacrifice you are making for all of us. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
A copy of Words For Warriors now has a new home at a Fisher House in Ohio. Thank you Major J. Navarra for making sure the book made it safely there…very much appreciated! It’s always great to have photos like these!
I’m very happy to report that the book was sent off to the printer yesterday. Just a little longer and I’ll have a box of books on my doorstep and I can begin phase two of this project. I have created a partial distribution list and will go to the post office today to get mailers so I can address them and have them ready to go once I have the books in hand. No delays…I want Words For Warriors out there ASAP!
I met the most interesting man yesterday. I heard him say he had been in the Navy. He joined up when he was very young. I’m guessing he’s a WWII veteran. I gave him one of the Grateful American coins I carry around and we ended up having a great conversation. He gave me a couple of books of his and we exchanged information. In a few weeks, I’ll go back to visit him with a copy of Words For Warriors for his library. He seems eager to chat and from a few of the stories he told me I think a letter from him would be a marvelous addition to the Words For Warriors Project.
Don’t forget, I’m still collecting letters. If you have people in your life who you think would enjoy being part of this project, please direct them here. The more letters I get the better the next edition of Words For Warriors will be!
May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door. (Irish Blessing)