My Dad is going on an Honor Flight

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  1. Friday

    Friday Polite-Knock raid Charter Member Supporting Member

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    This June, my Father will be going to Washington on an Honor Flight.
    Dad is a Korean Combat Veteran serving from 1950 to 1952, pretty much fresh out of High School.
    He came back with two Purple Hearts and lots of memories he'd just as soon not have to think about.

    I never pushed him, but on occasion he'd volunteer some things.
    One was that it was cold. Very very cold. He thanks God for his Mickey Mouse boots as most likely they saved him from losing all of his toes.
    And two, 10,000 Chinese soldiers blowing trumpets and screaming as they stormed your position in the dark of night will make you a believer.

    He still has his original issued soup-pot helmet. On the side is an elongated dent about the size of a cigarette butt. I asked him one time, Dad..what happened here?
    He says I dunno. Something hit me in the head.

    Dad is 86 years old now, and his time in Korea and 48 years as a Lawman are starting to catch up to him. I've always been extremely proud of my Father, he is truly a man who made a positive difference in the world. I'm thrilled that he is getting recognition for being a great American, and a job well done.
     
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    Tim I am....an enchanter. Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    One of Jeff Miller's flights? What an amazing project he's lead.

    Your dad sounds like a true patriot. Those soldiers and Marines did far more than anyone could have ever expected. I hope his flight and opportunity to connect with comrades goes great!


    The Korean War deserves a lot more attention than it gets. The absolute failure of MacArthur and Johnson to train and equip the 8th Army, and the willful ignorance about Chinese intentions, Acheson's bumbling of the "sphere of influence" speeech, etc. etc., was just shameful.
     
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    Friday Polite-Knock raid Charter Member Supporting Member

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    Yes. God Bless Jeff Miller.
     
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    As Yoda said " War does not make one great".

    But some great ones have come out of war. God bless your dad.
     
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    Your Dad will enjoy the experience! My Dad (WWII&Korea)went on the second one, however many years ago that was with Jeff Miller. He really appreciated it and had a great time.
     
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    God bless your father.


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    God bless your father. My and @BBD280 grandfather was a Korean War veteran as well and never talked to me about it much, outside of letting me know it was awful cold. He did tell my brother a few stories though.
     
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    Every biography like your Dad’s brings a tear to my eye for to reasons ... the first a happy one for his service to our country and citizens. However the second is actually of sadness that his generation and those before and just after showed such great respect, honor and service ... something subsequent generation have lost each time to the point I truly hate for the Greatest Generation(s) to actually have to watch the country they gave so much to build and protect go down the toilet with today’s generation.

    Enough soap box ...

    God bless your Dad!
     
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    Many thanks to your dad for his service. I've known several men that have gone on this Honor Flight and they all loved the experience and the attention that was given to them.
     
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    God bless your dad! He is truly an American Hero in my eyes...
     
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    Which airline is the honor flight on? We do those flights at American.


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    What a wonderful connection you have with your Pop...Wonderful!!!!
     
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    Friday Polite-Knock raid Charter Member Supporting Member

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    I'm not sure, I can find out. I do know he'll be landing at Baltimore.

    And thanks gang for the kind thoughts, I'll be sure to pass those along. He'll really appreciate that.
    With Dad, it was never about him. He wants people to remember what his friends and buddies went through in Korea, and the outstanding people he came across when he was Sheriff. He was always quick to mention those people, their good deeds and contributions. I can't ever recall him trumpeting anything he had done, even when he was campaigning for office.

    Dad's an outgoing guy...except about his time in Korea.
    I'm hoping he can get to talk with some of the other guys who went through what he went through, and to just...be around them. It'll be good.
     
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