Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

My family has served this country for generations. They have been active in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Additionally, I have several family members who are members of the National Guard and have been, or will soon be, deployed. I am sure my military ancestors would approve of this quote:
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. -Ronald Reagan
Both of my grandfathers fought in World War II with the Army.  I would like to take the time to share their military photos and a few words with you. Thank you both for your service!

My maternal Grandfather, Byron Miller (1922-1966), was in Co B Amphibian Tank Battalion and drove tanks in the Pacific Theater.  He received a Purple Heart for his service and was medically discharged due to the injuries he sustained. He died when my Mom was nine, therefore, I never had the chance to meet him.

My paternal Grandfather drove a nitroglycerin truck in the European Theater. In all the years I have known him he has rarely said a word about his service years. A couple months ago I found an old newspaper blurb that mentioned his name, but it was from an Indiana paper and he enlisted in Wisconsin. I called my Grandmother and she confirmed that he did his truck training there before he shipped out.  Last month, when I was in Wisconsin and he actually brought it up and seemed pleasantly surprised that I had found the article. It was a nice change, as I now feel I can move forward and try to get more information out of him.

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful coverage of your grandfathers and the meaning of freedom. We really need to teach our children these truths so when other things are said the truth will come to their minds.
    Thanks for sharing.

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