|Forum topic by ChuckV||posted 11-11-2015 08:08 PM||504 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
11-11-2015 08:08 PM
Thank you to all the men and woman on this site who have served our country.
This day has my mind spinning. Less than a week ago, on Nov 5, my Dad passed away. He was just 13 days shy of his 98th birthday. His mind was all there right up to the end. Given that we are all going to die, I cannot imagine it going any better than it did for him. My two sisters who were in the area were with him at the end.
My Dad served in WWII. He was a right waist gunner and assistant engineer in a B-24. He flew 30 missions over Europe out of Shipdham, England.
This is his crew by the plane. My Dad is kneeling on the left.
This is the crew in front of another plane on December, 1943. I am not sure why it is a different plane. It might be that they just liked the artwork. Or, it could be the replacement after their first plane was shot down while being used by a different crew. Here, my Dad is kneeling second from the right.
My Dad’s final mission was May 28, 1944 to Zeitz, Germany. Here he is about four months after that.
It was only in the last 10 years or so that my Dad talked much about his service. I just received a large amount of photos, records, and memorabilia from my Dad’s service. I am amazed to see the number of medals that he received. I will be going through these boxes in detail once I feel ready.
-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters