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My father was a WWII veteran and like most veterans he did not like to talk about the war. The only thing he ever told me was that he was wounded but not how. After he passed away, I learned from my Aunt, his sister, that he served under Gen. Patton and was a member of the prestigous unit know as “Hell on Wheels”.
He was a radio operator on one of the tanks. The tank he was riding in was hit by enemy fire and exploded. To this day I still don’t know how badly he was injured but he was listed as missing in action for awhile but was finally located in a hospital.

Thanks to the help of my congressman I was able to get replacements of the medals my father would have recieved and copies of some of his service records. Although he was wounded his name apparently was never summited to recieve the Purple Heart. My congressman formally requested that my father recieve the Purple Heart. It was approved, so on September 23, 2003 my father was awarded the Purple Heart. My only regret was that my father wasn’t alive to get it in person. And I only hope that he is aware of how proud I am of him and his service to this country so that we may enjoy the freedoms that we have.


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#1 posted 08-23-2007 05:21 PM

Thank you for sharing your story. I am proud to learn about your father and here stories like this one. You have honored your father and all those who gave of themselves to preserve the freedom we have today. This is a priceless work of passion. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#2 posted 08-23-2007 06:22 PM

Great story, great way to honor you father.

-- My dad was an electrician, but my fathers a carpenter.

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#3 posted 08-23-2007 07:05 PM

Well done. Our thanks to all who like your father gave of their youth so we can still be free.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 08-23-2007 08:19 PM

This is the kind of thing that should happen to those who have honorably served their country when called upon to do so. Many who have served their country have not been honored for doing so, and that is a shame.

Congratulations on a nice job and a very wonderful tribute to your father. We all owe our freedom to men like your dad who have fought for our country in WWII.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#5 posted 08-23-2007 10:06 PM

Congratulations Bobby on a beautiful project and tribute to one of our National Heroes. Your Dad is proud of your tribute. As a fellow Louisianian and former Viet Nam Era Vet – I salute your Father.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 08-24-2007 02:37 AM

Thanks for the comments, they are appreciated.


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#7 posted 08-24-2007 05:01 PM

Excellent story and tribute. Gone but not forgotten.

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#8 posted 08-24-2007 07:31 PM

Beautifull work..a fitting tribute. We can never thank our veterans enough for their sacrifices..


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#9 posted 08-26-2007 12:18 AM

My Dad’s a WWII vet, entered when he was 16 and it started for him at D-Day. He divorced my mother a long time ago while I was in the Army back in 1970. So I don’t have any of that. He also was wounded, machine gunned in the chest and hand and arm. If he hadd’nt been carrying his rifle at port it would have blown his chest out. What a beautiful comemoration to him. He deserved it and much more. Mines dead now too, but I let him know how proud I was of him before he died. I was stationed in Germany in V Corp. I wore the same campaign ribbon my dads outfit earned in WWII. and had on his uniform. He was finally shot at the Remagen bridge. God Bless your father and you for a wonderful trubute. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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