Saluting Our Nation’s Fallen on Memorial Day

I give a big salute to all of America’s servicemen and servicewomen who paid the ultimate sacrifice on battlefields and battle seas around the world. May they rest in peace. May we always remember them.

My father fought the evil Nazis in Germany in 1945. After the war ended there, his division, the 86th infantry, was transferred to the Pacific Ocean to fight the Japanese. It is likely he would have been in any invasion of Japan as his division had had amphibious training. He did not die in Germany and he did not die in Japan as the war ended before his division could have been sent into action.

The fact that he came to pick up his life again, to marry, and to have kids, my brother and I, makes me appreciate even more our men and women who never made it home.

I am proud of them.

(The bottom of the picture, I believe, is of his unit conducting invasion exercises.)


Paul De Lancey, proud citizen and Comic Chef, Ph.D.

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3 thoughts on “Saluting Our Nation’s Fallen on Memorial Day

  1. Very impressive story about your father. Thanks for sharing.

  2. italiadiva

    My father was in the Army Air Corps in World War II, stationed in England. He was a technical sergeant, and his job was to help keep the planes running. He must have lost some of his buddies, because there was a high mortality rate among flight crews during the war. I never remember my father talking much about the war. It must have brought back some painful memories.

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