My Veterans Day Salute

Found in my travels,this sums up my service.We came from different walks of life; different corners of the country, even the world. They threw us together and told us to learn to trust each other, to teach each other and to learn from each other. We grew in experience and rank. There were days we hated each other, our higher-ups and our younger troops and yes, our own service. But the next shift we were back it, doing our best. We laughed together, we cried together, we played together and we worked hard together. We didn’t make much, but a lot of times we pulled together and made the best of it. What we had was a camaraderie that few can experience. I look back on all the experiences and friends and wouldn’t change a thing. I want to wish all my brothers and sisters that have served or are still serving a wonderful Veteran’s Day and let us remember those that have given the fullest extent of their commitment to this country and to their services. Thanks for all the memories and you have made me a better person for having the honor of serving with you

I am proud that I raised my hand and took My Oath of Enlistment,as I am all my familt and friends!

This if from a Face Book Group’s Roll Call
 SGT (E-4) Date of Rank  01 Sept 1973 USAF 2951 C.L.S.S. of the AF Logistics Command served July 1971-1974 as an Aircraft Spark chaser(AKA Electrician)Reporting for Duty,HERE!!
Remembering the Other SGT (E-5) Golch,Phillip R. USAAF a veteran of WW2 My Dad who was called Home 15 August 1984
My AF Mom Shirley M.Golch(Nicknamed Sam) called home 25 sept 2003
Standing in for my cousins Keith A.Doyle SGT (E-4) USAF, Brian P Doyle,Specialist (E-4) USA 1987-1991 &Sgt (E-5) USAR 1991-1995,Judy Homes Duncan USN Chief Petty Officer (E-7)Retired
My late father in law Stanley J.Kobus A WW2 Veteran of N.Africa and Anzio called Home 30 april 2003
The late Jim Spiker USN called Home 10 December 2012.
My friend Douglas J.Campbell USAF 1984-2007 Retired E-6
And my Late Uncle Evan Golch ARNG Called Home 22 December 1981.
And My Uncle Richard E.Hirt USA Regular 1953-1955
And My Brother in law Allen Wilder a Vietnam Vet.(sadly I donot know what Branch or Years served)
And My Other Brother In Law Rodney Combs (sadly I donot know what Branch or Years served)
And adding the late Corrections Cpl Louis George Pontikos my supervisor at the Sheriff’s Dept,and Navy Veteran.
and adding a family friend Irvin R. Oslin Sr. Sgt US Army.
Also adding a high school pal Jim Fink USAF and a Viet Nam Vet.

 I will always tell this story because I am proud of it.When I enlisted,I chose the USAF I had 2 weeks before my induction during that time Dad and I visited with my Aunt Glydes and he asked her “Remember when I went in? she replied yes,Dad throws his arm around me and says Well it’s His Turn Now.” Because of my Dad Saying that I thank Service Member with thank you for taking your turn to serve.
My Late Dad was a WW2 Veteran and a member of the US Army Air Force.
My only regret is that I cannot find a picture of Dad and Me in my AF Blues.

3 Comments on “My Veterans Day Salute

  1. My heart is full of gratitude to all veterans and current service men and women.Thank you for your service, sir!

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