Happy Veterans Day

Submitted by nmumike on November 11th, 2015 at 7:42 AM

To all of my fellow Veterans, have a great day, and thank you for serving this great country.

Go Blue! 

Comments

JTrain

November 11th, 2015 at 7:45 AM ^

Amen brother. Thank you all. Greatest country in the world. All because of those who have their lives for our freedom.
Just watched a series on Amazon prime called Pacific. Directed by Tom Hanks I believe. Really eye opening to see what those guys endured. Can't thank veterans enough.
Have a great day...Go Blue!

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csmhowitzer

November 11th, 2015 at 7:55 AM ^

I have a few really special people in my family and plenty of friends I knew in school that served. They were great people with great character and integrity. So to anyone on this blog that is a veteran or currently serving I say thank you from the bottom of my heart.

ontarioblue

November 11th, 2015 at 8:08 AM ^

To all the Canadian veterans. Our thoughts go out today to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedoms that we treasure today. Far too many Canadians and American soldiers have paid the ultimate sacrifice for battles placed on foreign soils.

LSAClassOf2000

November 11th, 2015 at 8:27 AM ^

We actually had a brief stand-up meeting in the building this morning to honor those on the staff who have served as well as those who continue to serve or have served this nation here and abroad. Thank you for your courage and sacrifice and dedication. 

 

StephenRKass

November 11th, 2015 at 4:12 PM ^

I'm thankful for all who serve, and feel this personally. My father served in the Navy during World War II, my 93 year old father-in-law piloted C-47's in the Army Air Corps and dropped paratroopers at Normandy and throughout the War. My daughter is currently somewhere in the Atlantic on a Destroyer. While at Michigan, one of my roommates was in the NROTC, and served in the Navy for some time. All make sacrifices which serve the rest of us. (My daughter a year and a half ago, and Father-in-law 71 years ago).

EDIT:  I've posted stupid threads (just yesterday, for instance), but cumong. Someone really has it in for me to boink this thread. Whatever.

MH20

November 11th, 2015 at 9:12 AM ^

Thank you for your sacrifice and service to our great nation!

An especially big thank you to my grandfather, stepfather, uncle, several cousins and friends.

The Mad Hatter

November 11th, 2015 at 9:35 AM ^

but my dad, God rest his soul, did 22 years in the Army including a tour of Vietnam. His helicopter was shot down over there, earning him a purple heart. His long streak of army luck had finally run out that day.

Dad turned 18 in 1945 and immediately signed up. By the time basic training was over we had dropped the bombs on Japan and the war was over. He got to spend the next four years on occupation duty in Germany, and judging by what I read in his discipline record he had a great time. His enlistment was up just a few months before Korea started, so he dodged those bullets.

In the late 50's he signed up again during an economic downturn when he couldn't find steady work.

He spent most of the 60's state side serving as a recruiter. After he got home from Vietnam he never forgave himself for signing up so many young men to be sent to that meat grinder. He blamed himself for all of their deaths.

He died less than 10 years later when I was 3.

RIP dad, it wasn't your fault.

And thank you to all that have served this great nation of ours.

aiglick

November 11th, 2015 at 9:41 AM ^

Thank you to those who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces. Without your service our country could not exist.

Thank you.

tjohn7

November 11th, 2015 at 9:59 AM ^

Thank you to all who serve this country in the military.  One of my best friends flies jets in the Navy and every day I hope God keeps him and his fellow pilots safe.  U-S-A!

SalvatoreQuattro

November 11th, 2015 at 10:19 AM ^

the Great War. So much suffering for so little. This is their day and always will be to me.

75,000 Frenchmen died in August of 1914. That's more than Vietnam, both Iraq Wars, and Afghanistan combined.

That was in one month. Think about that and all the other deaths in the most pointless and momentous war in modern Western history.

turtleboy

November 11th, 2015 at 10:30 AM ^

In remembering the Armistice, and our veterans who fought, I'm thankful for the peace given to us, and I'll be thinking about the unfortunate parts of the world like the Ukraine and Syria who are living in conflict today.

MGoAragorn

November 11th, 2015 at 10:43 AM ^

My father-in-law, now deceased, fought in the Battle of the Bulge as a scared, 18 year old Jewish infantryman. He never talked about it but we pieced together his unit’s movements from reports and visited some of the places he fought last summer while we were in Europe.

Their main battle points were Moircy, Jenneville, Remagne, Bonnerue, and Hais de Tillet woods, which are all a few miles west of Bastogne. They’re now just wide spots in the road, surrounded by a lot of very peaceful rolling farmland. If you get a chance to visit Bastogne, there’s a really good museum just north of town.

The rest of the story is good. He came home, got degrees from UCLA and Stanford, became an anesthesiologist, married a nurse (I think that’s what docs did in those days), and raised 5 great kids (including MGoWife). He even welcomed me into the family! I really miss him.

Anyway, happy Veteran’s Day to all who served.

SaigonBlue

November 11th, 2015 at 11:01 AM ^

He was a sophomore at Michigan studying Aeronautical Engineering and also in NROTC when WWII started. He was transferred to flight training at the conclusion of his sophomore year, earned his wings, and then served in WWII where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He returned to Michigan in 1947 while still on reserve status. The photo below is him flying an F4U Corsair during training sessions out of Naval Air Station Grosse Ile. He graduated from Michigan in 1950, was recalled to active duty, and then his squadron flew combat missions in Korea while aboard the USS Leyte.