My father was a Veteran of the US Army and fought in WW2 Papa The Man The Veteran The Myth The Legend Shirt. I am proud of my father for many reasons, only one of which is his US Army Service. Whether he had served or not, would have had no bearing on the love, respect and pride I feel for my father. His example, determination, integrity, and strength of character shaped me into the man that I was to become. He worked hard all his life to provide for his family. He retired and the age of 62, and died at 63 in 1983. I love you Dad. My father served in the US Coast Guard during WWII, he was one of the best examples of the “Greatest Generation.”
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Whatever he did he did to the best of his ability. And was always asked to be on various committees in town because they knew he would have good ideas and input. The town I grew up in now drinks clean water that comes from the Wabash River in another state because the people of the town formed a committee to find a way to get clean water rather than the muddy grunge the were putting up with. My dad was a big influence on that committee. They now put up American flags on Main Street on holidays because of a committee he was on. His church was blessed by his presence on their board. All this from a man who started as a custodian of a school to the head custodian of the school district.
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Very few people can say that they recruited their father into the military Papa The Man The Veteran The Myth The Legend Shirt. But I can. After I got off active duty in the Navy I joined the Navy Reserve. Dad and I got to talking about my Reserve Pay one day and he said he regretted not finishing his last 6 years in the Coast Guard and getting a pension. I told him he should come with me to my next drill and talk to the recruiter. My mom gave permission and the next thing you knew Coast Guard Chief Boatswain Mate was Navy 3rd Class Boatswain Mate. He had to serve 8 years in the Navy Reserve because he was changing services. And do the last two nonpay because of his age. But he did it and made Chief again before he retired.
Although this was not a requirement as you retire at the highest pay grade that you successfully held. This was the kind of person he was. My father was a Veteran. And for his service, yes I am proud. However, I am not proud of the man he became over the years. And I’m not proud that he choose to end his life instead of setting aside his pride and seeking help. I am even more proud that he was a man of principal who kept his word when it would have been easier to not do so. To him keeping his word was sacred. When he was 10 he promised his mother he would never drink alcohol, he never did, not because he thought it was wrong he didn’t.
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But because he had promised Papa The Man The Veteran The Myth The Legend Shirt. When he was 13 he promised his mother he would never strike another person in anger. He kept that word as well despite times. When I am sure he would have wanted to break his word. He had immense self-control. He was kind, gentle, worked hard. And even when he and his children disagreed on an issue he never exhibited anger. He would reason and discuss even when we disagreed with some of his strongest held convictions. He was incredibly strong physically, could move furniture single-handedly into his 90s. But his moral strength was more impressive.