Military Christmas, then and now

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FOR ALL THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM AND PEACE, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!  

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PLEASE REMEMBER THOSE WHO FOUGHT FOR THOSE FREEDOMS…..

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AND ALL THOSE WHO CONTINUE EACH DAY TO PROTECT US….

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TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND NEW READERS – I WISH YOU ALL THE VERY BEST OF HOLIDAY SEASONS!!!

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Military Christmas Humor – 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Carlton Appleby – Ontario, CA; USMC, Korea, Lt., 7th Marines

Glenn Berlin – Wichita, KS; US Navy, WWII

Mildred Drake – DeKalb, IL; US Navy WAVEe9dd0162494da2d1aba873c634610321

William Hushing – Palm Bch Gardens, FL; US Navy, WWII, RAdmiral (Ret.)

Kenneth Just – Louisville, KY; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, 674th Artillery/11th Airborne

Walter Klock – St. Johnsonville, NY; US Navy, WWII, PTO, LST signalman

Alfred McElroy – Greenville, KY; US Army, Korea, 187th RCT (Ret. 21 years)

Ronald “Mugs” McKeown – San Diego, CA; US Navy, Capt. (Ret.), 1st Top Gun Commander

Earl Robertson – Spokane, WA; US Army, WWII, ETO

Ennis Warren – Mobile, AL; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, B-17 Top-turret gunner

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About GP

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

Posted on December 24, 2015, in Current News, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 147 Comments.

  1. Hope your Christmas Day was superb, gp and the rest in the season grand – and your New Year wonderful!

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  2. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

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  3. Re your link about FDR – Check out FDR’s scandal pages; I did. Gasp!
    I have referred to him as “a shrewd SOB when we needed one”, but this was way beyond most of what I knew about his activities. I must visit your page more often.

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  4. Love it! Merry Christmas my friend.

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    Very nice pictures always. It’s still pretty warm here in Germany. No snow in sight! :o(

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  6. Merry Christmas Day! No snow here this morning, GP, only green grass. The storm bypassed us, leaving thin, high clouds during the night through which the moon was shining. Forecast for today was partly cloudy, but it is heavily overcast again. We’ll see what the day brings…

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  7. hello gp cox its dennis the vizsla dog hay mary krismas to yoo and to evrywun wot is owt their keeping us sayf!!! ok bye

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  8. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!
    God bless all those who fought for our freedom, and those who are serving and cannot be home with their families on this Christmas Day.

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  9. And a Very Merry (and safe) Christmas to you too, Sir!

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  10. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2016 to you and your family!

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  11. Merry Christmas to you and yours my friend! 😉

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  12. Merry Christmas! I love this post!

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  13. Merry Christmas and Happy New year 🙂

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  14. Merry Christmas GP. Thank you for your posts in 2015. Looking forward to 2016 and hoping for better more peaceful times ahead.

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  15. Merry Christmas GP, and thanks for all the work you’ve put into the remarkable post. M 🙂

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  16. Merry Christmas to all who are there to protect us… and a special hug to all who can’t celebrate with their families today. Thanks to all this brave heroes… we wouldn’t be there to celebrate christmas without you all… and I know and remember that every day…

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  17. A suitably seasonal post, GP, and the photo of the little boy saluting was sad and poignant indeed. Best wishes to you, and to all the ‘regulars’ on your blog too. Pete.

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  18. Hooray for remembering our service people and veterans on the Holiday !!! CHEERS !!!!

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  19. Bewegende Bilder wünsche dir frohe Weihnachten lieber Gruß Gislinde

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  20. A very Merry Christmas and wishing you health and happiness in the New Year. Jack Collier

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  21. Merry Christmas 🙂

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  22. Merry Christmas GP. Happy holiday hugs!

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  23. Merry Christmas!!!!

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  24. A very Merry Christmas to you, GP… and to all those who serve our country and the cause of peace, whatever their position. –Curt

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  25. Excellent post and enjoyed the then and now. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Everett. I thank all those that serve to protect us.

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  26. The USS Bunker Hill greetings is perfect. I’ve forwarded it to my daughter who served on it as an Ensign.

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  27. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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  28. Amen to that – Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  29. A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too, GP!

    The snow level reports are hanging around 1000 feet today, and may drop to 500 feet tonight. The farm is at 800 feet, so it is possible we may see a White Christmas tomorrow morning.

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  30. Wishing a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year
    to you and your family

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  31. Merry Christmas and thanks for the great reading. I am looking forward to next year.

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  32. Wish You Merry Christmas
    and health, happiness and success
    for the coming year.
    Greeting from Lis

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  33. GP Cox, and to so many, many, many more HEROES that heard, and felt that Call Of Duty that was embedded deep within them right along with the other values that was passed down generation to generation, and each said “I will defend this Great Country from enemies without and within….”
    GP, My Good Friend, the faces and names of so many boys that were friends of my boys will never fade from my memory, Good Memories, of so many, many hours that turned to years almost overnight, of the time these boys spent in Our Home, and all were Good Boys. But there will always be an empty place at Our table:
    U.S. Army CW2 Scott Jamar of Sweetwater, Texas – Killed when his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in central Iraq, April 2, 2003.
    Merry Christmas and Thank You to all Our Veterans, Active Service Members, and Reserve Service Members.
    GP, I sincerely hope and pray that You and Your Family have a Very Merry Christmas.
    I send all Good Things Your way,
    Robert

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  34. Thank you dear friend for your amazing posts this past year. I appreciate how you honour those who gave so much. You remind us to seek peaceful and joyful outcomes, within our local and global communities. All the very very best of Christmas to you and yours…

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  35. Merry Christmas!! I hope you are not affected by the storms.

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  36. Merry Christmas to everyone serving today . to those who served in the past and to you for bringing us these stories throughout the year.

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  37. A Merry Christmas to you and yours. Nobody will stamp out our freedom. Our desire to be free is too strong.

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  38. Sending wishes for peace and harmony
    to spread throughout the world. Eddie

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  39. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. We have much to be thankful for including the sacrifice of so many.

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  40. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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