A bucket of shrimp

A WELL-WRITTEN, HEARTWARMING STORY OF A HERO’S GRATITUDE____

They say old folks do strange things. At least, I think that is what young people say about us when they talk about us at all —which isn’t all that often. I think this is because we old folks are a bother. I think this must explain why younger people want to place us in nursing homes.

In any case, this story unfolded every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the wide blue ocean.

Seagull Feeding 001Old Ed came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier. Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. Ed walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now. Everybody has gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on…

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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 October 18, 2014, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. A wonderful story. Thanks for the chance to read it.

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  2. Definitely a heart-warmer.

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  3. That is one great unbelievable story, not only his service and war record, but again serving as a civilian.
    A man of integrity that gave thanks for a miracle, the humble seagull.
    Emu

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  4. Such a fantastic story and the world is full of them. Thanks for letting us see it.

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  5. Couldn’t find anywhere on the original to leave a comment … but I’d wondered sometimes what had happened to Eddie Rickenbacker. Now we know … thanks for that.

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  6. What a incredible story. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  7. This is so touching – survival, humility, unassuming. Simple lives hide a plethora of courageous feats.

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    • You certainly can’t judge the book by its cover, as the saying goes. Down here in So. FL., he would have just blended in with the rest of the retirees. Thank you for commenting, Sammy.

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  8. That is a very touching story. Thank you for sharing it.

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  9. Father worked for Eastern Airlines here in Miami for 32 years. He was lead wheel/landing gear mechanic. Rickenbacker used to come through the shop and greet the fellows very often.

    When I was 11 my father arrived home at 3 miles per hour humped over the steering wheel of that 1955 Ford. A piece of steel had chipped off a hammer and shredded his left eye and it was hanging on his upper cheek. Father was a tough fellow alright. The doctors did not think he would live. I was terrified. They did not let children visit the rooms then. I was all alone in that waiting room all through the night. The was a Reader’s Digest there and I read the story of Rickenbacker’s survival in the ocean with his crew when the plane crashed. I knew if dad knew Rickenbacker and Rickenbacker survived that my father would make it too. He lost the eye but he’s still with me. He’ll be 91 next month.

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  10. I’ve always been told to say nice things about my kids because they are the ones who will choose my nursing home. Are you reading this kids? I think you are the best in the world!

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  11. Thank you for letting us know this story!

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