Nov 11, 2008

No, They Don't Talk About It

[This is a re-post, with a bit of new info at the end.]

I've known this man and seen him at family reunions for the last 28 years. I never knew more than the fact that he served during WWII.

The Jolly Roger remembers that his uncle would use that scrawny arm and hand to grab the sides of his knee and squeeze until the JR hollered "uncle!" Little did he realize that his brave uncle was showing off the strength of an arm that had been blown to bits...on Normandy Beach. At that link is a great, and human story like so many others of his generation.

Update: In the last year since this was posted, the J.R. has discovered that his family members are bona fide Sons of the Confederacy and Sons of the American Revolution, a fact that he has found some pride in, now that he's no longer a long-haired, FM-type, dope-smokin', car-racing, redneck-hippie [yes, I have been a wonderful influence on him, thank you veddy much!].

It's not so much having a certificate of membership into a club. It's having a vital legacy of diligence, honor, duty, sacrifice.

God Bless our veterans on this, and every day.

11 comments:

Mark said...

My hat is off to everyone who served, and especially those like Herbert who had the stones to run into the surf and up on the French beaches on D-Day.

Joan of Argghh! said...

I know I'm a bit more appreciative to Steven Spielberg for portraying it so vividly and horribly. It's unimaginable, and mostly unspeakable.

GLASR said...

GOD, family, country - Amen. :~|

Erica said...

That was an amazing story...and he looks so much like Roger, too.

LauraB said...

It is strange how they will not speak of it, not casually or often...my stepfather saw a great deal (Big Red One, Huertgen Forest, Nuremburg trials) but he doesn't offer much more than those markers of territory.

I thank you for the article - a lovely end to the evening.

Bless them all...

Jim - PRS said...

I have boundless respect and admiration men like Mr. Griffith. Thank you for sharing that story.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Thanks Joan, for sharing this moving story, and for supporting these Heroes and the Liberty they defend! :^)

Oswegan said...

Happy Veterans Day.

~Oswegan

Jean said...

Sincere thanks to him and all veterans!

Kelly(Mom of 6) said...

Wow...I loved that..short, to the point and powerful...

PeggyU said...

Please tell him "thanks" from our family as well.