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My wife has an uncle who participated in D-Day. If you go to his house you can see his various service awards and citations from his days in the Army. On his coffee table is a framed article about him in the LA Times, written in the 1980's. Nothing fancy, just a piece on him and a few other guys who live in LA, and participated in D-Day.  According to him, he was in just long enough to get the job done. He still has his uniform hanging in the closet.

My wife's uncle was injured on D-Day and he was awarded the Purple Heart for it. To this day he is embarrased about the award. He explains that he was just doing his job, knew full well why he was there, and should have died like most of his buddies.

Before the war he was a football player and a track runner in high school. He worked at a part time job after school, catching and killing rabbits, and then selling them to families for food.

After the war, he went to college, got his degree, and started working as a special agent for Wells Fargo. He retired from that company in 1992. He raised 7 kids in the LA area and now has 26 grandkids.  At family reunions, he is the guy who seems surrounded by everyone as he cracks jokes and tells funny stories. Every now and then he will tell an old WW2 story. All of his war stories involve humor.

He lives in a suburban home in Whittier California. When we go visit him, he drinks Budwesier and smokes Marlboros. He is a practicing Catholic, and he spends his mornings making bookmarks with various saints on them. In the afternoons, he goes to nursing homes and passes them out to the residents.  

From all appearances, he is just a normal guy. He is not a normal guy. He is a hero. He is one of my heroes. Thank God for heroes.

 

Comment balloon 9 commentsKevin Robinson • June 06 2009 10:07AM

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Kevin, I had two uncles in WWII, one, a pilot who flew bombing raids over Germany, the other fought in the Pacific. Both were heroes, yet, neither considered themselves special. That's the story with so many of those soldiers. They had a job to do and they did it; and we have the freedoms we have today because of them.

It's a different time now. Many see things differently. Having never experienced the possibility of living in bondage, they are oblivious to the need to protect our freedoms. The Greatest Generation is passing away; replaced by a "gimme generation."

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) over 8 years ago

It is great you have given him this tribute and appreciate what he did for all of us.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) over 8 years ago

Kevin - a very nice tribute to your wife's uncle. My father, while not part of D-day, was with Patton, two purple hearts. They were all heroes.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 8 years ago

They all amaze me. They don't want to be recognized for saving the world they just want to be who they are ..the guy drinking Budwiser in the back yard by the BBQ. I thank God for them!-Dinah Lee

Posted by Dinah Lee Griffey, Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties (Windermere Peninsula Properties) over 8 years ago

Kevin,

I think we should feature this in Tea Party , these are just the  men whose memory we are trying to preserve. They did not fight and die so we could become a facist country.

Posted by Hugh Krone, Realtor, Sussex County NJ (Weichert Referral Associates) over 8 years ago

These are truly amazing men, most of whom were boys at the time.  They were scared, but they did what had to be done.  We are forever indebted to them.

Posted by Mark MacKenzie over 8 years ago

Your wife's Uncle is a true American hero and those are the ones that don't talk about it. My Dad landed on Normandy about a week after D Day.  He drove a supply truck to the front line during the war.  He turns 92 in July and is still going strong.  As a matter of fact he is still a very good driver.  It has been hard to get him to talk about the war but I did tape him for an hour this past Christmas telling us about it.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 8 years ago

We all owe a big debt of gratitude to your uncle and all the other soldiers that sacrificed so that we can remain free.

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Kevin,

Thank you for reminding us just how amazing our history is because of so called "Normal" Americans.

You wife's uncle is a true "American Hero". Please tell him Thank you for stepping up to the plate and living a life that truly does make a difference.

Blessings my friend!!

Alice

Posted by Alice Linahan (Voices Empower ) over 8 years ago

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