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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Thank You Veterans!

Both John & my families are full of Veterans and I want to send a big thank-you each one. Two of my brother-in-laws served and the third is still active. Most of our uncle's as well as my father served in WWII & Korea.

There are two Vets that most others will not think about today. The first is my Mom. She followed her brother into the USN as a Wave. She worked for the weather service. At one time she worked on a top secret project that her children and grandchildren jokingly dubbed the great paper clip project. We later learned that there really was a "paper clip project" but to this day we have no idea what exactly she worked on but we can't help but speculate. She rarely talks about her military service but it was to change her life forever. She never again lived near her family, returning to Michigan only for brief visits. I wish she had had a happier life but then I wouldn't be here.

The other vet I'm thinking of today is a cousin, Richard Carlisle. Over the years my Mom lost touch with this branch of the family but she remembered that she had a cousin that served on the S.S. Robin Moor, a Merchant Marine vessel sunk by a German sub in May 1941. Anyone that thinks that the men that served in the Merchant Marine during the WWII era aren't Veterans needs to think again. If drafted by the army these men were released to continue serving aboard their ships. The Merchant Marine was crucial to the war effort. So please join me in thanking these men also today.


  1. A wonderful tribute to your loved ones who have served in the army...we have so much to thank them for. We'll never know the sacrifices they did for us!! We will never forget.

  2. This is a great tribute to your mom and cousin, plus the many Vets in your combined families.
    We certainly owe a huge debt of gratitude to all our Veterans. Thanks to all those in your family apple.
    We owe our freedom to these men and women who were/are willing to serve our country.
    Thanks again for stopping by and leaving a message for Ross. He really appreciated it.