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Veteran’s Day – 2014

A very Happy Veteran’s Day and a very big “Thank You” from the bottom of my heart to all the Vets out there – as well as those currently serving. In my mind, as soon as you put on the uniform, you’re a Veteran. You have defended our freedoms so well for 200+ years, a debt we can never re-pay in full.

Also, a very Happy 239th Birthday to the Marines! Semper Fi, Marines!

Lastly, a Happy Veteran’s Day to my Dad. I was rummaging through some papers in my desk when I came across the Certificate of Condolence that the White House sent upon his passing in 2001. My Dad was a WWII Army Vet who loved to talk about some of the European “sites” he saw during his tour in Europe (including the Passion Play at Oberammergau). He never spoke about combat, though – not uncommon for his generation, it seems. I also came across his wallet sized copy of his Discharge Papers. He was not an Amateur Radio operator, but he was a graduate of the Signal Corps RADAR and Repeater School (which probably explains in some way, my love for Amateur Radio).  I also noticed for the first time that he was a recipient of medals for Combat in the European Theater, as well as a Good Conduct medal and one other. He NEVER spoke about those.

For all the Vets who have passed – Eternal rest, grant unto them Oh Lord, and may Perpetual Light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the Faithful Departed, rest in peace. Amen.

72 de Larry W2LJ

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Posted by Larry Makoski at 11:02 AM

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Nice, heartfelt message from Larry Makoski (W2LJ) on this Veteran’s Day (2014).  Like Larry’s dad, my father served during WWII, but didn’t share too much of the fighting side of it. He was in the Army Air Corps and later retired from the U.S. Air Force in the early 1960’s.  All of his brothers served in the Army, mostly in the European Theater.  Most of the WWII vets I knew rarely discussed the horrors of that time…perhaps the experience was just too terrible to describe.  I’m an Air Force veteran, too, having served during the Vietnam War.  To all my brothers and sisters in arms:  Thank you for serving our country in war and peace.  And, yes, I would be remiss if I didn’t wish my Marine Corps comrades a happy birthday!

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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