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Forever Young:
SSGT Thomas Henry Laird, "Air Apaches", 500th Bomb Sqdn, 345th Bomb Group, 5th Air Force, MIA/KIA October 16, 1943, Wewak, New Guinea
PFC Robert Hardeman, 2nd Marines, KIA July 2, 1944, Saipan.

Mom's oldest brother; mother-in-law's only brother.
Throughout America in large cities, small towns and villages this is what happened over 80 years ago to the families left behind.
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https://poets.org/poem/spires-oxford

remembrance day, london, 2018, 888,246 ceramic poppies....for the 888,246 commonwealth fatalities in the great war.....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W_Va6JtbaE

remembering my grandfather, sgt. thomas manning mitchell, company m, 156th infantry, american expeditionary force in france, 1917-8.

he died in an accident in the summer of 1949, a few months before my birth - as i sit here, i am wearing his company ring....and his name.

best regards,

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These posters will be left at the Washington Mall WWII Memorial and at the Vietnam Memorial on Monday Morning.

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I wasn't aware of this "gold star" until my sister sent the photo today. President Truman sent it to my grandmother in memory of her son Tom who I mentioned up thread. My mother gave it to my sister for her bracelet. Gil
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Really great post, Gene. Thanks.

Yesterday Ivisited a relatively new veterans' cemetery just a few miles from where I live. Quite a few Vietnam vets. Also some from Iraq and Afghanistan. Very nice setting in Wisconsin's North Woods.

Watched some of "Band of Brothers" when I returned home. For as long as I watched it, I didn't see a single BAR. From my early days in National Guard infantry, every squad had a BAR. Saw just about every other standard infantry weapon. Made me wonder why no BARs. The bazooka had been replaced by the 3.5" Rocket Launcher by the time I fired one of those. Much larger tube.

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putting it all in perspective, war for the most part is a tragic waste...

long past time we figured out how to make it less deadly and destructive...

perhaps drones in the desert is the solution...

may the best machines and their remote operators win...


keep it simple and keep it safe...
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