Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Honor our Veterans

Since today is Veterans Day, I would be remiss in not sharing my connection to one of the greatest Veterans I know: my father-in-law, Dave. His service to our country and his community is impressive to say the least. Here we are at the annual Marine Corp Birthday Ball this past Saturday night:

My father-in-law:

- served 22 years in the Army National Guard, the U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps
- flew 26 different types of aircraft, props, jets, multi-engines, and helicopters
- served two tours in Vietnam, flying 1080 combat missions
- was shot down four times
- earned 76 medals and decorations, including: 3 Silver Star medals, 4 Distinguished Flying Crosses, The Bronze Star Medal with Combat V, and 54 Air Medals
- received Alfred A. Cunningham Award as the "Marine Aviator of the Year"
- retired as Lieutenant Colonel after serving three years at the Pentagon
- inducted into the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame
- inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame
- is a sweetheart of a man with a heart of gold and a joy to all who know him.

I'm so proud to be Dave's daughter-in-law. I'm in awe of his bravery and the sacrifices he made to serve our country. Take some time today to thank a military person, and in the future when you see someone in uniform, thank them as well. We enjoy a lot of freedoms in the U.S. because of their service.


Mom said...

What a wonderful tribute! I know how proud the family is of Dave and rightly so. He should be very proud to have a daughter-in-law like you who appreciates his service and committment to our country! Well said! Our best to him on Veteran's Day! xo

Anonymous said...

What a distinguished career! It's no wonder you're so proud of him!

MagicLady said...

What an amazing man Deb - I totally understand why you are so proud of him. It's thanks to him and thousands of other veterans all over the world that we have the freedom we have today!

Thanks for sharing this with us all.

Babs xx (from Shimelle's Classes)

sharyncarlson said...

What an amazing veteran. I can see why and your family must be so proud! This is a wonderful reminder of Veteran's Day.

MarleneMAZ said...

What a wonderful post and obviously the best day to post it on.
Also wanted to say hi as I live here in Phoenix, probably not too far from you.

Jinnag said...

Wonderful post! You must be so proud of him!
A special day to remeber very special people -
My own special person s on my blog too.
(Guinevere from Shimelles class)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Awesome post, and a fabulous picture! I've enjoyed all the Veteran's Day posts from today. I put one up about my dad who served in WWII.

traci said...

beautiful post deb. my thanks to him.

melissa kaye said...

Your father in law looks like one amazing man (he looks like a total sweetie too). What a wonderful tribute you have made, Deb! Thank you for sharing.


Tara said...

Beautiful Photo.

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