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!)