QotD: Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day.  Is there anyone you know who has served or is serving in the military that you'd like to honor today? 

My Grandfather, was a very special Veteran to me.  He served in WWII, in fact, he actually never met his little girl (My Mom) until she was already 3 years old.  She was quite put out that one day a strange man showed up at her home!

He served in the Air Force and recieved a variety of awards including the Distinguished Flying Cross. Unfortunately we don't know why he got the DFC, because he rarely rarely would speak about his war time experiences.  I was so fascinated by his time overseas and I used to wish he would tell use more.  Now that I have spent some time overseas in some difficult situations, I now understand why he was close-lipped.  There's not much to say that makes sense out of context.

Here is his Obit.

 

George graduated in 1941 from Syracuse University, College of Forestry with a B.S. 
in Forestry Management. He suddenly became a Flying Cadet at Randolph Field, TX 
Class of 42-C. Commissioned 2nd Lt. March 7, 1942. After graduating he 
married, My Grandma, RN (Syracuse 1941) and soon left for 2 years in England 
flying Spitfires and Mustangs (P-51) on low altitude high speed reconnaissance 
missions-shot down only once. He was very involved in the invasion of Europe. 
He came back home before VE-Day to instruct West Point (US Military Academy) 
seniors in flying and as a test pilot. Retired with DFC, AM + several clusters. 
On release from active duty, he moved to Unadilla, NY and got a job buying timber, 
logs and lumber for three years. He then went back to 
school (Wharton School of Finance) and opened a life insurance office for 
selling, training, pension, estate planning and investments. His newsletters 
and columns usually ended with "And by George, that's that!" which resulted in 
his becoming known in certain camping circles the world over as "By George". 
He retired in 1984 and moved to and there lived happily ever after traveling in 
a 1968 Airstream (with a lifetime guarantee, which just ran out!) George was a 
member of , member of Rotary International for over 50 years and member of the 
Masonic Lodge for over 50 years.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, sons and a daughter ten grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to or The Salvation Army, 615 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 22, .

And a picture of him in I think, Class A's…

Having Lunch! (Not the most flattering piccie I suppose!)

 

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6 thoughts on “QotD: Veterans Day

  1. Honorable man, your Grandfather. You are blessed and what a neat tribute to him. Thank you for sharing him with us.
    Which one is your Grandfather in the pic?

  2. He's in the forefront. Prior to his death a book was published, and is available on Amazon, This book had a lot of photos we had never seen of Grandpa before!!!!

  3. Sadly, I don't know. After Grandpa died, my Uncles occasionally find photos or other stuff in their house. My Grandma has advanced Alzheimers so she is of no help. My Bet is that is was somewhere in Europe, and most Likely UK or Ireland, as he was based out of there. I suppose it could have been Texas, but it doesn't look like Texas…
    His motto

    "Fly Low and Slow."

  4. That's awesome! Thanks for sharing that.His laconic demeanor reminds me of my dad, especially about his service and younger-self adventures. How wonderful that you have that book…

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