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Chyenn  (Level: 209.4 - Posts: 1332)
Fri, 20th Mar '09 10:19 AM


My Daddy served in the Army during WW2. He would never talk about that part of his life. After he died last year, my mother's brother, who is very active in his VFW post, helped Mother apply for Veteran's benefits that Daddy had repeatedly refused to do during his lifetime. During the process, my Uncle discovered that Daddy had earned some medals, including a Bronze Star for saving a fellow soldier's life.

My Uncle arranged for those medals to be presented to Mother in a ceremony last night at a VFW meeting. She had no idea what was happening when the Commander asked her to come up to the podium. He told her they were honoring Daddy and handed her a plaque with 7 medals mounted on it. She told me this morning she had never been so shocked or so proud. She also said that now she wishes she had honored him with a military funeral even though Daddy told her he didn't want one.

So now there's proof of something I've always known; my Daddy was a very brave man. A hero. A real hero.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Fri, 20th Mar '09 10:27 AM

Chyenn - that's an amazing story. Thank you for telling us. And congratulations to you and your family for finally having this presentation to honor your dad. It must be such a goosebump experience to see those medals after all these years.

Isn't that something how some won't ever share stories of their service? My former father-in-law is just the opposite. He is keeping a diary every day of his adult life, including his time serving in WW2 on a B-26.

(BTW, I think your dad's daughter is pretty courageous, too. )

Ladyvol  (Level: 212.1 - Posts: 5648)
Fri, 20th Mar '09 10:37 AM

Girlfriend that is awesome! I'm so glad that your mom was able to get the medals and things. Heroes run in your family don't they? Talk to you soon..
Love ya,

Gypsylady  (Level: 148.2 - Posts: 6097)
Fri, 20th Mar '09 10:44 AM


I know you and your mom are very proud of your father, and I am just glad she was able to be there to accept his medals.

He sounds like a very special man~


Collioure  (Level: 113.7 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 20th Mar '09 10:55 AM

What a wonderful surprise!

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.6 - Posts: 3839)
Fri, 20th Mar '09 11:05 AM

That is a wonderful story. I am very happy for all of you.

Oogie54  (Level: 209.3 - Posts: 1120)
Fri, 20th Mar '09 11:10 AM

The honor and humility of true heroes and men of courage are exemplified by men like your father, that is so heart-warming.

Chyenn  (Level: 209.4 - Posts: 1332)
Fri, 20th Mar '09 11:11 AM

thanks everybody ....

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my brother, his wife, and my sister were there too... i can't wait to see the pics...

Vickie, the ceremony was in Spring City last night...

Lodi  (Level: 106.0 - Posts: 2144)
Fri, 20th Mar '09 11:14 AM

Caramel1  (Level: 135.0 - Posts: 21587)
Fri, 20th Mar '09 11:16 AM

That is a wonderful heartwarming story!!! You have every right to be proud- Linda

Crazy4games  (Level: 124.7 - Posts: 1019)
Fri, 20th Mar '09 12:07 PM

Truly a wonderful story, Chy. Thanks for sharing!

Jeannette  (Level: 114.5 - Posts: 1735)
Fri, 20th Mar '09 12:58 PM

what a lovely story made me cry and as the saying (least we forget) is as true today as it was years ago you must be very proud xx

Collioure  (Level: 113.7 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 20th Mar '09 2:52 PM

So your dad was a member of "The Greatest Generation" about which Tom Brokaw wrote.

Virtus  (Level: 169.7 - Posts: 2489)
Fri, 20th Mar '09 9:49 PM

So happy for your family. As Americans we should all be proud of your dad and the many like him. Blessings, Anne

Salzypat  (Level: 161.3 - Posts: 5414)
Sat, 21st Mar '09 12:44 AM

What a wonderful thing for your mother and your family to learn more about your father's life.

I think most of those who served in the military, especially in combat, don't want to talk about their experiences. I know my brother and ex-husband, both served in Korea, really don't want to.

I know your dad was a hero in your eyes all along; how cool to know that others know it, also. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Bigbird  (Level: 249.1 - Posts: 3337)
Sat, 21st Mar '09 5:24 AM

I just got goosebumps. Thanks for sharing that wonderful moment with us. And thanks to your father!

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Sat, 21st Mar '09 9:04 AM


Mplaw51  (Level: 184.4 - Posts: 1581)
Sat, 21st Mar '09 9:34 AM

Loved hearing this. Our fathers were content to know the good that was served in WWII. My father never spoke of it either. I imagine the atrocities of war would creep in if they did. How lovely to have this tangible proof that the man you adored was a "great one" indeed.

Wishbone  (Level: 36.5 - Posts: 22)
Sat, 21st Mar '09 10:30 AM

What a touching story, its fetched a tear to my eyes. You all must be so proud of him. My dad fought in WW11 but he was in the British Navy and he never spoke off the war it either, it was to painful for him.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sat, 21st Mar '09 11:16 AM

That's a beautiful story, Chyenn! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Alvandy  (Level: 240.3 - Posts: 7692)
Sat, 21st Mar '09 1:58 PM

That was heart warming. Thank you for sharing that.

Papajensai  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1024)
Sat, 21st Mar '09 3:11 PM

Thanks, Chy, for telling us about your Dad. Every time I meet someone who's been in a war for our country, I try to find a way to say thanks. The real heroes don't talk about themselves much, like your Dad, so you have to look for them. I'm glad someone found out about your Dad so you and your family know his story.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 21st Mar '09 4:27 PM

All I can say is, wow!

Mrbojangles  (Level: 16.6 - Posts: 231)
Sat, 21st Mar '09 4:36 PM


I SALUTE your father as I do all stories like this that I see on the news.


1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Sun, 22nd Mar '09 2:25 PM

How utterly fantastic. Congratulations.

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