Lest We Forget

   The weight of grief is heavy on my shoulders.  I need no special day to bring memories to mind of all you said and did.  Your face, smiling or grave, is with me always, child of my heart's desire.  I see you small and wondering, "Mom, What makes the sun go down?" Then thoughtfully, "I know, the wind blows it away."  So alive, biking, soccer, swimming, skiing, running, rollerblading, pumping iron.  You became so very strong, but always you were gentle and kind.  Your hands, light on the piano keys, brought out the sounds of harmony, like wind rustling softly in the leaves, or rain, clear and sparkling on the grass. 
   Careful listening was your way.  Such a bright future you had planned, and you labored long and patiently to realize your dream. Then rolled the drums of war, and you were called.  Your still small voice said, "No!"  But the rolling drums rolled on, and you were gone. Into hatred loosed from the gates of hell, your winged bird was sent, shot down, and fell.  Your bright future lay bloodied in the sand to rise no more.  And each day as I grow old, I miss you so.  A grave is such a solitary place for one who loved to live. 

"Any Nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure."

Abraham Lincoln

James “Alky” Hall
James “Alky” Hall

U.S. Army Korean War Purple Heart Recipient Life Member

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BG William Mullins Jr
BG William Mullins Jr

U.S. Army 1939-1969 WWII, Korea, Vietnam

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SGT Ronald Buck
SGT Ronald Buck

U.S. Marine Corps. 1953 - 1956

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RD2 John J. Senk Jr.
RD2 John J. Senk Jr.

U.S. Navy Vietnam Life Member VFW(Adjutant general)

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A1C James Young
A1C James Young

U.S. Air Force 1957 - 1961

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SFC Walter Dye
SFC Walter Dye

U.S. Army 1956 - 1978

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SFC Ray Dunham
SFC Ray Dunham

U.S. Army 1954 - 1977

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SGT Walker Finley
SGT Walker Finley

U.S. Army 1961 - 1964

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SGT Edward Deutscher
SGT Edward Deutscher

U.S. Army 1943 - 1945 WWII

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AMN Carol McCracken
AMN Carol McCracken

U.S. Air Force 1958 - 1959

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AM3 Glenn Davis
AM3 Glenn Davis

U.S. Navy (USS Franklin) 1943 - 1946 WWII Pics & Stories used in the book "Inferno"

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SN1 Dwain Mayhugh
SN1 Dwain Mayhugh

U.S. Navy 1944 - 1946

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“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”