Thanksgiving

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I wish to express my thanks to each and every one of you !!

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For those of you living where there is no official Thanksgiving Day – look around – family, friends, Freedom and life itself – all enough to give thanks for each day !

Thanksgiving during WWII…

They’re celebrating Thanksgiving on this very day,
My thoughts are at home, though I’m far away;
I can see everyone, eating dinner deluxe,
Whether it be chicken, turkey or even duck;
The fellows over here won’t whimper or moan,
They’ll look to the next one and hope to be home.
 
Truly and honestly, from way down deep,
They want you to be happy and enjoy your feast.
These holidays are remembered by one and all,
Those happy days we can always recall.
The ones in the future, will be happier, I know
When we all come back from defeating the foe.

_______Poem by an Anonymous WWII Veteran

Please remember the troops that gave you freedom and those that protect it each day !!

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Farewell Salutes – 

Elmer Bales – Alliance, OH; USMC, Cpl.

Ray Clontz Jr. – Corvallis, OR; US Army, 11th & 82nd Airborne

Edgar Johnson Jr. – Grand Bayou, LA; US Navy, WWII, CBImediumpic634249020853470000

Harold Irwin – Argos, IN; US Army Air Corps, WWII

William Legault – Coventry, RI; US Navy, WWII, USS Arkansas

Isaiah McGrue – Boligee, AL; US Army, WWII, Korea & Vietnam, 1st Sgt. (Ret.)

John Osika – Port Vue, PA; US Army, WWII

Willie Rogers (101) – St. Petersburg, FL; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, 100the Air Engineer Sq., Tuskegee airman

Frank Royal (101) – Colorado Springs, CO; US Army Air Corps; WWII, PTO, P-38 pilot, Colonel

Melvin Smith – Walwick, NJ; US Navy, WWII, sub SSR272 Red Fin

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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 23, 2016, in Current News, Home Front, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 163 Comments.

  1. Thank you for a super post I hope you had a lovely day.

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  2. A tip of the hat to you for making EVERY DAY a day of Thanksgiving for all of those, present and past, who have served in our military.

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  3. A moving tribute. Thanksgiving should not be political. But I read a good article in the NY Times called, “How Trump Won the Troops”. The bottom line was that the working class sends its sons and daughters to war. The upper class sends them to Harvard. I don’t think the Pilgrims had that in mind.

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  4. hello gp cox its dennis the vizsla dog hay happy belayted thanksgiving to yoo and yores as wel!!! hay my dada and my mimmier and pippier went owt to sum playse kalld the uss iowa i did not git to go but frum the pikchers dada tuk it luks like it wuz kwite a ship!!! ok bye

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  5. A Happy Thanksgiving to you too, GP! We had a quiet day here with friends.

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  6. I love your slide presentation,but also point in your post to the contributions of the common soldier. A lot to be thankful for!

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  7. Happy Belated Thanksgiving, GP. I hope you enjoyed the day and relaxed some.

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  8. Have a great Thanksgiving weekend!

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  9. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Thank you for your dedication to history and for everything you’ve done for us as well!

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    • Thanksgiving brought a bigger meal than usual accompanied by the traditional moans and groans of the holiday while watching football!! My site here is Nothing compared to your operation, but we share a passion for accurate history – and so ensures our friendship!!

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  10. I hope you enjoyed some turkey and company yesterday. We had a great day, full of fun yesterday. I’m thankful for my blogging friends, who all bring a unique perspective to my life, and remind me of what a large, vibrant place the world is. Thanks for all your wonderful posts. XOXO

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  11. Awesome post & Happy Thanksgiving!

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  12. Hi GP,
    Thanks for the frequent visits to my blog. Happy Thanksgiving! Keep up the great work on your site. I really enjoy reading it each day.
    Kevin

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  13. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend! We already have our Thanksgiving in Canada so I’m sending many hugs to you, your loved ones, and all who celebrate, AND of course to those who serve and have served to give us such incredible freedoms xx

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  14. The pictures brought tears in my eyes

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  15. From our family to you and yours, we send our sincere thanks and appreciation for all you do to remind us all that we have so much to be thankful for every day of the year. Of all the many things we have to be thankful for, our freedom is the foundation that makes all other things possible. May we never forget; America is the land of the free, because of the brave.

    Happy Thanksgiving my friend!

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