VETERAN’S DAY

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In my own small way, a Thank You to each and every person who has served in the military to help protect my way of life…

 “Ole Top”

by Chuck Hall

1st Sgt. Phil "Ole Top" Dierickx, USMC, WWII, Korea, Vietnam

1st Sgt. Phil “Ole Top” Dierickx, USMC, WWII, Korea, Vietnam

I never got to meet him,
Nor serve in his command.
But I knew many like him,
Who bravely made their stand.
 
From what the “Bandits” tell me,
He dearly loves the Corps
Took real good care of comrades,
And took that one-step more.
 
‘Twas up in frozen Chosin,
When things looked bleak and bad.
He used his strength and wisdom,
And everything he had.
 
 
For those who fought beside him,
Who never will  forget.
He gave them will and courage,
Resolution, faith and grit.
 
The Corps has many heroes,
And stories they all tell.
“Ole Top’s” a hero in my book,
He served his hitch in hell.
 
 

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Night Intruder Lament

__Author Unknown

I have a story to tell you
A story of men bold and brave
Have fought, and some died for their Country
With a brightly burning plane for their grave.
 
On an island we called Honshu
With the broad, blue Pacific all around
We set up our tents and our shelters
And dug holes for our safety in the ground.
 
At night, when day fighters are sleeping
And we call Hacksaw for a fix
The Heavens are filled with our thunder
And the roar of our Baker-26.
 
On a cold moonless night in December
The order was read with a sigh
And a happy-go-lucky young pilot
Took his plane and his crew out to die.
 
They went with a smile all unknowing
‘Twas only a Korean patrol
Too bad that their duty included
Their answering God’s Final Roll.
 
Moonshine gave them their vector
Surveillance to the Yalu and back
They say the last words they transmitted
“We wish we were back in our sacks.”
 
One hour stretched into seven
It was no time to jest or grin
We knew as we waited and listened
Another Night Intruder had augured in.
 
There was no one to see and report it
No help from a searching patrol
Just three name scratched from the roster
Who will no longer answer the call.
 
So lift up your glasses my buddies
In honor of those who fought the fight
The sleep you enjoy out of danger
Is because of the boys who fly at might.
 
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I wish I could include so many other links for wonderful Veteran’s Day salutes, but that would be impossible – here are a few –

Pierre Lagacé and his cousin Joe pose us questions about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at:

http://athabaskang07.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/lest-we-forget-3/

CJ did a great job with:

http://morguemouse.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/the-things-that-make-a-soldier-great/

And, concerning our future generations:

http://allaboutmanners.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/the-inquisitive-child-a-remembrance-day-poem/

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Farewell Salutes – 

Dorothy Baldwin – Devonshire, England & Arlington, VA; British Army nurse, WWII

William Benson – Clearwater, FL; US Navy, WWII & Korea

Alexander (Sandy) Cameron – Toronto, Canada; CSTJ, CD, AdeC, Colonelmemorial_fl_07

Thomas Camp, Jr. Washington DC; BrigGeneral, US Army, WWII & Korea

August Genge – Niles, IL; US Army, WWII

Charles Nardoni – Chicago Heights, IL; US Army, Korea & Vietnam

Ted Okita – Chicago, IL; US Navy, WWII

David Polzin – Toronto, Canada; WWII

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on November 11, 2013, in Korean War, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 93 Comments.

  1. Carl, Thank you for the Veterans Day remembrance, even though I am getting to it a month late, it is still important and relevant. Also thank you for stopping by my blog and “liking” one of my current posts. I do appreciate the time you spend with me. Hopefully you will find other aspects of my blog that gives you something. Please take care, Bill

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  2. Nice piece for Veteran’s Day! I am so far behind on reading blogs! should have read this long ago.

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  3. This site is a wonderful homage to Smitty. I raise my glass to Smitty and give thanks to all who selflessly serve to further freedom on earth. Paulette

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  4. “Ole Top” was a glorious poem, gpcox. Captures the essence indeed… My tardy salute to Smitty….

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    • Thank you, Koji. I’ve missed seeing you here; but so happy to hear you were off having a good time. Did you get a chance to visit the cemetery on Veteran’s Day?

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      • Unfortunately, no, I did not have the time. I only managed to visit with dad on Veteran’s Day as my relatives gave me so many perishable foodstuffs from Japan that my kids and I spent the day delivering… 😦 And as emailing isn’t possible, Marge Johnson (the WWII Marine’s widow) passed away a couple of nights ago…

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  5. Thank you dearly for stopping by my blog Bleacher Boy, I really appreciate it. I was wondering how you found it? I’m always curious to find how my viewers find so I know how to publicize. I hope you like a kid’s view on all things baseball instead of just the same media. I just want to say, this is a very good post.
    -David S.
    http://bleacherboy.mlblogs.com/

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  6. A belated “well done” for Veterans’ Day, GP.

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  7. In saluting those who have fought for country, and those who have paid the supreme price, we trust that no future generation will ever go forward to do the same without the utter conviction that their cause is right and honorable, and that conflict is the only resolution.

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  8. Happy Veterans Day to you!

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  9. We salute the fallen, and pay tribute to all who served their countries so well. What a shame world leaders are still playing their war games, and calling on yet more young people to shed their blood while they, the politicians, strut their foolish time on the political stages of the world.

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  11. I had a chance to sit down with my Uncle David last week and listen to him talk about his service in Korea. He was part of Charlie Company. His stories absolutely gave me chills with what he endured. It was pretty stunning. I had heard him talk about it before, but not like this. He was wounded multiple times and they kept sending him back. When it was all said and done his records were lost and he was never even given a Purple Heart. It truly was the forgotten war for him.

    What you do here is a ministry. Keep up the good work.

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    • Thank you, Forester – those are powerful sentiments. I am hoping you will add some of the stories Uncle David told you, unless you post them yourself – then give us a link. There must be some way to get him his Purple Heart; does he remember names of witnesses or commanders?

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  12. gpcox – Thank you for helping us never to forget with this blog. You tell their stories in a way that makes it easy to remember. Thank you.

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  13. So beautiful the poems and the sentiments. May God Bless them all…past, present, and future…those that would find it in themselves to take up the courage to defend their country in the name of freedom and liberty and justice for all.

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  14. Do you have any more information on August Genge from Niles, Illinois? I lived in that town from my first birthday through the fourth grade, but my memory for names has always been poor. It would be a great delight to me to find out my family knew him.
    A great post. With such a debt we have incurred to these brave folk, we owe them nothing less than to carry their memories and their stories to new generations.

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    • I’m afraid, my information is limited to what the relatives post in the obituary and sometimes they are more interested in getting every relative’s name in the paper rather than info on the deceased; in this case the info was found at – the Chicago Tribune. Perhaps more can be located there if you check back for past obits. Good luck.

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      • Sadly, his family was from the “south side” of Niles, while I hailed from the north. Pity – many surnames of his family are Polish (Chicago has the 2nd largest Polish population of any city in the world, Warsaw being first), and I had a re-enacting persona dedicated to the !st Independent Polish Para Brigade, of Arnhem (“A Bridge Too Far”) fame. It would have been quite a treat for me (and I would hope, his family as well) to send him off with Polish military representation.
        But I will honour him in remembrance, just as you have done here as well. Thanks, for him, from me.

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        • When I check around for veteran’s obituaries, Chicago & DC always have the most. DC I can understand, but it seems those that served from Illinois, all went back and didn’t retire to Florida. I’ve never been there, but that says a lot about their people and the state. Thanks for reading, John.

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  15. Beautiful post, it did bring a tear.

    ted

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  16. Classy post, thanks for helping us remember!

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  17. As I tell every vet I meet: Thank you for your service.

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  18. This is so beautiful. Thank you.

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  19. Wonderful to read! Thank you for all your incredible posts.

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  20. A beautiful tribute to all those who sacrifice to protect us and our American way of life.

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  21. Thanks for a great tribute to all veterans.

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  22. Few are heroes, but all have served. It’s a shame serving your country has become a concept relegated to memorials.

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  23. I am deeply touched by this post! A great salute to all the brave ones.
    Warm greetings from Germany
    Dina

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  24. We’ll never forget their service.

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  25. Thanks for sharing those poems. I also love the images especially the one with the veterans in a V

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  26. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Honoring all the men and women who served, are serving and will serve. Hats off the them ….

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  27. TY for this very touching post!! Reblog!! Saluting them …

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  28. Night Intruder Lament is a very fine poem. It has an unusual air, no remorse but a matter of fact, the call of duty, sums up so well in the closing para. I salute!

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  29. Was honored to spend time last week with a 93 year old vet who was captured at the Battle of the Buldge. As a much younger vet, I was in awe. Great day, great post!

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  30. Yesterday, as we watched the UK Remembrance Parade on TV, we heard that work had started on the new Korean War Memorial.

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  31. Our Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day (Nov 11th) have been greatly on my mind too.

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  32. Thanks for the link.

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