Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day Tribute

 Memorial Day, a day to remember our fallen soldiers, and give support to those now in the trenches....

I want to send my thanks to the families who have sent their loved ones to  many battle fronts in the name of our United States of America. Whose lives have been forever changed...

Some have not, or will not return,others must deal with the aftermath of their experiences at home, and abroad.

This year I want to pay tribute to a fallen troop from our family. He was my 2nd cousin on my Mother's side of the family, he served in the Vietnam War as a medevac helicopter pilot.

is honored on Panel 6W, Row 72 of
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Full Name:

Date of Birth: 3/7/1949
Date of Casualty: 11/19/1970
Home of Record: CASTANA
County of Record: MONONA COUNTY
State: IA
Branch of Service: ARMY
Rank: WO
Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province: BINH DINH

Please click here to read the story told by another pilot of the mission that snatched away two American troops that day, November 19th,1970, one being my cousin,and the other his crew-mate.

I wanted to share his story, because he was always one of the fun loving, older influences at family gatherings. He kept us younger ones entertained.

Stanley's life was short at age 21, normally about the time you think of heading off on your own to start a career, and a family. This time he was one that had started, and ended his career in the era of the Draft; completing his mission to the best of his ability.

The video is of the Vietnam Conflict - men,helicopters,M- 113 armored personnel carriers all playing their parts in an effort to gain a more peaceful existence.

In closing I would like to wish all of you a safe Memorial Day holiday, and if you know a soldier, or see one walking down the street, I encourage you to tell her/him, Thank you for your service!.