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#SOL17: Hero


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It was time to check up on my #OLW, but then I saw a cousin’s post and I was off on a tangent.  In search of history.  In search of a different meaning of “BRAVE”.  In search of a definition of HERO that I can uphold and believe in.

Can you name this iconic photo? 

Where was it taken? 

When? 

What is the significance?

iwo jima iconic

The photographer won the Pulitzer prize for this picture in 1945.  It was later found on a three cent stamp and also used for war bond sales.

Iwo Jima

1945

Marines

Worthy of some recognition although it was “Before My Time”.

The statistics are alarming . . . the number of Americans killed.  The number of Japanese who died.  The miles and miles of tunnels.  An island.  The ferociousness of battle.

iwo jima map

The flag, raised twice, was displayed at Mount Suribachi and seemed to herald an easy victory for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Marines.  But pictures and stories abound.

iwo ima pic

I’m not sure what a “tractor” was.  Many different vehicles are present in pictures and in books.

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The post that sent me on a history search for a day was my uncle’s picture here posted by his daughter. A tractor commander.  Multiple battles.  A corporal.

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“. . .  outstanding qualities of initiative and courage  . . . under heavy enemy mortar and artillery fire.  . . . cool and calm under enemy fire, and his courageous conduct was at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States naval service.”

My uncle 

awarded a bronze star 

a HERO!

 

And in our present day, any person who raises their right hand and says,

“I, _________, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the  Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; . . .

as they enter into the armed services

is a HERO!




Who are your heroes?

Who did you celebrate on Veteran’s Day? 

What stories of bravery are you collecting?




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Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 

#SOL16: In Memoriam


godfather

By the numbers:

34,310 +  = days alive*

Age 94

25,550 + = days married*

70th-anniversary

fran-and-godparents

July 26, 2016

Hundreds of family events:

The gold dress I wore in this family picture was a gift from my godparents . . .

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Countless dinners and events across many states . . .

I remember presenting in Austin, TX and driving on down to visit Bob and Dorris.  It didn’t seem right to be “in the same state” and not go visit!  However, my favorite story is from my 16th birthday.

16

Old enough to drive with

Driver’s license in hand.

Five “drivers” in the family.

Three vehicles.

Mathematical improbability to get “drive time” as the youngest driver.

AND YET . . .

My godparents sent me a birthday card with a car key in it.

“When you find the car that fits this key, it’s yours!” was written inside the card.

Fun

Joy

Laughter

Thank you,

My godfather and uncle . . . Bob!

You will be missed!

(* Leap years were not accounted for. The numbers are approximations for average years.)

You were a father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, brother-in-law and filled so many hearts.

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