Intermission Stories (12)

 

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Today’s post will in no way be rewritten or condensed by me.  These are short tributes found in various locations to honor the men of three different wars.  Please click on each story to read, they took the time for you.  Thank you.

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WWII update story_____

WWII pilot

WWII pilot

Story from the AARP bulletin.

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Korean War update ______

Distinguished Service Cross recipient

Distinguished Service Cross recipient

From Home of the Heroes.com ( complete citation lists are available at this site).

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A famous Vietnam story ______

Cmdr. Jeremiah Denton, Jr.

Cmdr. Jeremiah Denton, Jr.

This story was taken from the The Week magazine obituaries.

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Farewell Salutes – 

Stanley Brundage – Newark, NJ & W.Palm Bch., FL; US Army, WWII< cryptologist

Thomas Coules – Hartland, WI; US Air Force, Lt., Korea

National Army (AK) Medallion, "Ryngraf"

National Army (AK) Medallion, “Ryngraf”

Charles Hazen (98) – Annadale, VA; US Army, Colonel (Ret.)

Leonard Jagla – Glenview, IL; US Army, WWII

Christina Kloss – Krakow, Poland & D.C.; WWII, National Army (AK) Underground Resistance, National Army Medallion

Tony Merritt – Calgary, Canada; Canadian Forces 27 years

Jack Raleigh – Papatoetoe, NZ; RNZ Air Force, WWII, # NZ413613

Wilton Remelius – Oklahoma City, OK; US Navy, WWII, USS Hector

Alexander Schmidt – Sunnyside, FL; US Army, WWII, artillery

Patrick Tully, Jr. – Chicago, IL & Bradenton, FL; US Army, Vietnam

Louis Vella – Palos, Heights, IL; US Army, WWII

Click on images to enlarge.

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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 April 17, 2014, in Korean War, Vietnam, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 82 Comments.

  1. Ahhh. The Random Act of Kindness was so sweet.

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  2. You do a wonderful job with these stories. I find them amazing and heartwarming.

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  3. Three great storys, each one an inspiration in their own right.
    Regards
    Ian

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  4. Thanks for keeping these heroes memories alive. . . .

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  5. A wonderful selection of stories. All touching, but I think I like the first one best. Random acts of kindness are always noteworthy.

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  6. Great post GP. I love the first story of one man’s kindness to a little boy. It sure made an impact on his life. Wonderful story 🙂

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    • You are too much, Historian! Thank you once again for the honor of reblogging. It was a good post to put together, I hope your readers also enjoy it. Have a great Easter!

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  7. Thank you for sharing these stories. What a blessing!

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    • You and the Daily Mail have done well, Gallivanta!! The Duke and Duchess brought tons of smiles to the dwindling group of veterans. Can you imagine being that vet who has his pix with Prince Phillip? Did you see the medals on that man!? Great job! 😉

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      • I wanted to find the actual full video of that meeting between the Duchess and the Veteran. But I couldn’t locate it. They were delightful together. She really really listened to him and held his hand the whole time (in a respectful way). Her interest and care were exemplary and not just for the cameras.

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  8. Farewell salute to Walter James (Jim) Hillyer, WWll, Reg No 275956, 23rd Batt, on April 16, Christchurch, NZ.

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  9. Very artistic article. Or should I say articles. I like seeing clippings. It reminds me of the old days, when print was popular.

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  10. Thank you for this post. I love it!

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed coming to my humble web site and hope you visit us again. Any questions you have, or stories to share – feel free to put them into the comments. I have a lot of friends here who read what you have to say too.

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  11. Thank you. I hang my head thinking of what others have done, and put that against the things I complain about.

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  12. Those are amazing. Denton’s history–how does anyone hang on like that. I was equally impressed with McCain. A moral core that’s kryptonite.

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    • Where the stamina comes from is your guess is as good as mine. I think a lot of reasons – upbringing, morals, instinct to survive, loyalty…suppose I could go on, but you get my point, right?

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  13. Thanks for dropping in on my home page. You have quit a blog going here.

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  14. Thank you for sharing. Very much alpreciate. On a recent visit 2 my homelhomeland, I snapped some shots of headstones belonging to veterans who served in the New Zealand military. What saddened me was da fact that the ways: 1. No memorial standing in our village in memory of them. 2: I knew these men except we never heard of their involvement except of my grandfathers an his brother 3: some of these headstones were fallen over an broken n even displaced n lying against the fence. I am referring to WWI. My intention is to research more into it with the N.Z Army. During WWII the American Army was also based on my homeland Aitutaki building a airstrip there. If u have any stories to share from there i would appreciated. Thank you again for all your commitment to the research and the sharing their stories to the outside world. Thank you again

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  15. The milk man who became a pilot reminded me of an uncle of mine who flew a B-17 in WWII , was shot down over France and made it back to base weeks later thanks to the French underground . He described his job a ” delivering milk ” . He was not interested in flying , though , before or after the war . When I asked why he became a pilot he said simply: ” It was a job .” These guys are all heroes .

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    • Right you are, Dan – all heroes. Your dad and mine would have laughed about it, ’cause he hated to jump out of perfectly good airplanes; when asked the same question, he answered, “They pay you more in the paratroopers.”

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  16. Thanks for sharing their stories. I love hearing about them.

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  17. Wow, these are all amazing stories. Love it! 🙂

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  18. I got chicken skin from reading about the first flight as a young boy… Up we go indeed.

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  19. Gutsy to covertly send that SOS!

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  20. I love the idea of Jeremiah Denton Jr. creating the “Coalition for Decency”, after experiencing the moral decay in our country during his 8 year absence… still enduring his captors in N. Korea, while this country “could care less”. That hurts my very soul.

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    • You remember what it was like back then, Carol, there was very little support for our troops, protests, name-calling, etc. It was even depicted in “Forest Gump.” I had lost so many friends over there in Nam, the actions of the people at home was deplorable!

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  21. Inspirational heroism and defiance from Cmdr Denton. Never lose hope.

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  22. Great post! Denton’s ingenious distraction and the pilot who was inspired by the random act of kindness were my favorites.

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  23. Denton epitomizes all that is admirable in a warrior. He is the complete package – with high morals and all.

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  24. Denton’s Morse Code blinking was brilliant.

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    • Wasn’t it though! So many people had actually believed what he said and those that could figure out his blinking had to remain quiet (or would get him killed). Quite a man!

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  25. I shall savour these later when more time is available to me rest assured. Must be read to be remembered.

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  26. Denton and the eyes gets me. Taking that type of chance with the bad guys watching. That is guts.

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