4th of July 2021

SEEMS WE DON’T SAY IT ENOUGH – SO, I’M TRYING TO FIX THAT RIGHT HERE – GOD BLESS THE USA!!!

We can rant and we can complain, but we should thank the troops for giving us the right to do so!  Today we celebrate our country’s birthday.  Traditional BBQ’s, fireworks, family and friends, we have a day off and have a ball!  – and to whom do we owe it all?  You guessed it_____

THE SOLDIER’S POEM

When this is over

And we come home again,

Forget the band

And cheers from the stand;

Just have the things

Well in hand –

The things we fought for.

UNDERSTAND?

_____Pfc C.G. Tiggas

ONLY A SAILOR

He’s only a sailor on the boundless deep,

Under foreign skies and tropical heat.

Only a sailor on the rolling deep,

In summer rain and winter sleet.

Fireworks and cookouts
And time spent with friends.
Swimming and playing
The good times never end.
But lest we forget
The reason for today
Let’s all say it now
Happy Independence Day!

Freedom’s Price!
Today we celebrate freedom
thanks to those who came before.
Those brave men who fought and died
in each and every war.
Freedom always comes at a price,
And while we celebrate
We should tip our hats to the heroes
who made our country great.

Red White and Blue
Hamburgers and hot dogs
cooked on the grill,
Fireworks in the night
giving us all a thrill.
The country all decked
in red white and blue.
Friends all saying
‘Happy 4th of July to you.’

Where does your state rate in its patriotism? 

https://wallethub.com/edu/most-patriotic-states/13680

Comic hero from the 1940’s , courtesy of Balladeer…

https://glitternight.com/2021/06/18/first-fighting-yank-stories-from-the-1940s/

FUN FACT:

Denmark is the only country outside of the United States that holds an official 4th July celebration.  Celebrated annually since 1911, thousands of people from across the country gather in Rebild National Park in Jutland for picnics, speeches and to sing some American classics.  Known as Rebildfesten, its organizers claim that it is is the biggest celebration of US independence outside of the USA.

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4TH OF JULY HUMOR –

 

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Farewell Salutes –

Walter S. Belt Jr. – KS; US Navy, WWII, PTO, USS Oklahoma, KIA (Pearl Harbor)

James Cummings – Minneapolis, MN; US Atmy, Korea, 11th Airborne Division

Jack DeTour – USA; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, B-25 pilot and instructor

Max Foster – Brownstown, IL; US Army, WWII, radio operator

Philip T. Hoogacker – Detroit, MI; US Army, Korea, Pfc # 16315593, 1/29th Infantry Reg.; POW, KIA (Pyongyang, NK)

John E. Hurlburt – Madison, CT; US Army, WWII, PTO, Sgt. # 20126929, 105/27th Infantry Division, Bronze Star, KIA (Saipan)

James A. Kilgore – El Paso, TX; US Army, Korea & Vietnam, 187th RCT, Pvt. > Colonel (Ret. 30 y.), Bronze Star, Silver Star

Frank Kokernak (101) – Dudley, MA; US Army, WWII, ETO, medic

Rogene Laut – Minister, OH; US Army WAC, WWII, nurse

Jerome Lerner (100) – San Francisco, CA; US Navy, WWII, Lt. JG

Chad Peyton – Chandler, TX; US Army, Iraq, Captain, pilot, Bronze Star

Donald H. Rumsfeld – Taos, NM; US navy, pilot  /  60 years of public service

Bernard J. Sweeney Jr. – NYC, NY; US Army, WWII, ETO, Sgt., # 32645733, Co I/330/83rd Infantry Division, Bronze Star, KIA (Hürtgen Forest, GER)

James C. Willis – Albuquerque, NM; US Air Force, Qatar, Lt. Col., 557th Expeditionary Red Horse Sq/Heavy Construction Engineers

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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 July 4, 2021, in Current News, First-hand Accounts, Home Front, Korean War, SMITTY, Vietnam, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 234 Comments.

  1. A terrific tribute, GP! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Reblogged this on Triangle Writes… and commented:
    Very interesting thoughts in here !

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  3. This sounds interesting !

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  4. I very much appreciated your patriotic and joyful salute here, GP, to a fine country and its generations of devoted troops who make our world a safe and protected place.

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  5. When I was a kid, July 4th was also Philippine-US Friendship Day. I don’t remember when and why we stopped celebrating it as such.

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    • I didn’t know they stopped it either. I thought that was your own Independence Day.

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      • It used to be, until the 1960s when the president moved it to June 12, the day of our independence from Spain, our longest colonizer. It didn’t mark our sovereignty as, obviously, we were colonized by the US for the next 50 years. It’s symbolic though. It was the first time we waved our flag and played our national anthem.

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  6. Thanks for your like of my new website , “Israel, History And Prophecy;” you are very kind for following my sites.

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  7. I hope you had a wonderful 4th GP. I always learn something from your posts. I’d never heard of the superhero named the Fighting Yank. The stories are really interesting.

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  8. Thanks for your like of my post, “The Seal Judgments – Revelation 6:1-17;” you are very kind and gracious for doing so.

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  9. How many months have 30 days (in a full year)?
    Answer: 11 months because even if some have 31 days, they still hold 30 days.

    Tamara
    xxx

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  10. God bless the USA
    Amen!

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  11. Hope you had a meaningful 4th

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  12. We had a neighborhood get-together for the 4th. However, I started the whole affair off with words similar to yours. Although NC ranks 25th in patriotism, I can assure you that Western North Carolina by itself would rank towards the top. Unfortunately Charlotte and Raleigh have huge populations that skew the numbers.

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    • Glad to hear your area is patriotic. In Florida, I think everyone have a just too ‘out for themselves’ type frame of mind. A few people were jolly at the store and wishing others a happy 4th, but as a whole, it’s sort of depressing.

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  13. A belated Happy Independence Day, dear friend, and thank you for a wonderfully inspirational selection of poetry.

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  14. Happy belated Independence Day.

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  15. A very happy 4th GP!! 🙂 ❤

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  16. Hope you had a Happy Fourth! I was looking for your post yesterday but I did not see any. Sorry I am late for the party. Been playing patriotic music all days yesterday. My front yard is decked with Red, White and Blue. I even got a garden flag with Navy Veterans on it and my ‘Heroes Rose’ blooms yesterday in time for the Independence Day. We had ‘illegal’ fireworks last night sponsored by the homeowners. Being on the HOA board, I allowed them to have a blast.

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  17. Happy 4th of July! (One day late, but being on time has never been my strong point.) And yes, we owe so much to the troops that have kept us, and countless others, safe and free!

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  18. Terrific post, GP — a wonderful way to commemorate the holiday. I hope you had a wonderful Fourth. Sorry I’m late to the party.
    By the way, I emailed you a WWII question for the new story at my place. If you don’t know the answer without researching, no worries. I’m a research geek anyway. 🙂 Hugs on the wing.

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    • The OSS was our spy agency. Argentina was associated with Germany and Italy, while their communists sided with the Russians. They finally declared war on the Axis powers in 1945 (guess they could see the writing on the wall as to who was going to win.) You might wish to dig deeper than that for your own knowledge.
      Come by any time with a question, I will always try to find an answer for you or lead you in the(maybe) right direction! lol
      Good talking with you, O Talented One!!

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  19. God bless America!! ☺️✨

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  20. A belated happy Independence Day!

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  21. The link to the comic books to me to an excellent website. Thank you for providing it.

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  22. Happy 4th of July GP.

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  23. God Bless America and you also

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  24. Wish you and the visitors of this blog
    A Great 4 th july

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  25. Happy Independence Day. As always you provide a great tribute.

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  26. Happy Independence Day!

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  27. I’ll add my voice to the chorus, “God bless America!” Thanks for the great post.

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  28. A wonderful tribute…. have a great day… 🙂

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  29. A great tribute to The United States of America, GP. Happy Independence Day.

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  30. Our country is indeed blessed with so much. Thanks go to all the troops – past, present, and future – who have made this country a great place to live and hopefully will be able to continue to protect its independence.

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