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Despite feeling all full of myself because of my recent headache, there needs to be some respect paid, albeit late in the day.
Anthony, one of my father's 3 older brothers, was called to service in March of 1942, just less than 3 months after Pearl Harbor. He served the Air Force in crash recovery, piloting a PT boat, recovering the many who were downed during the battle of Midway.
Unlike the average GI who served about 2 years (with furloughs), Tony served the US Air Force 3 years and almost 10 months; no breaks, no furloughs.
A year later, Gasper - my father's oldest brother - was drafted. He first guarded German POWs as an MP and later served as a medic, providing triage in France.
My father and his other older brother, Vincent, had poor eyesight and were not eligible for the draft. They, like the majority of others, fought the war on the homefront, with war bonds, scrap drives, and victory gardens.
6 or so years later, John, my father's brother-in-law, spent years defending liberty in Korea.
To these men, and to the countless others who have served this nations military, and especially to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, I salute you. My uncles all came home, and it was just last month we said our last farewell to Gasper, but the work they performed should never be forgotten.
The WWII monument came not a day too late, although I do wish Uncle Gap could have lived to see it.
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