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My Soldier, My Hero

This is my solder in 1968 when he was in the Vietnam War. Here he is on a pass in Saigon.


When they first arrived in Vietnam, after a hellish, seasick, three week boat trip, they lived in tents and slept on cots. The weather was brutally hot. Later there was construction of metal buildings with bunk beds.


Here he is, my hero, in front of the latrines and showers. There was no indoor plumbing.


His tour of duty was for one year. We had just gotten married before he left and it was a very hard, hard year, but we got through it. I worried constantly although he was not in combat. He was in the finance corps so he was doing office work but he heard the bombs. At that time, there were little tape recorders so we sent each other voice tapes a few times a week  -- how special that was to get a tape and listen to his voice!

Today the soldiers can see AND hear their loved ones via their computers.
He left Vietnam just before the Tet Offensive which was an extremely dangerous time. The North Vietnamese troops and the Viet Cong staged a major offensive against the South Vietnamese towns and cities. There were many casualties.

He came home from Vietnam, was stationed in Oklahoma for a few months,and then we settled in Connecticut near both our families and started to raise our own kids  - 4 of them, two of our own and two adopted girls from Korea. Now we have grandchildren that we just love to pieces (and to spoiling). Some of them were at the Memorial Day parade to see Papa march.

Here he is marching in the Memorial Day Parade yesterday (well, to be truthful, this photo is from last year. I was all set with my camera and extra batteries yesterday and then found out I didn’t have the SD card in the camera! Man, that was a bummer!).
I bought him a hat last year that says, “Vietnam Veteran” on it.


Here is the hat I bought him. It shows the ribbons for service tour in Vietnam.

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I hope everyone enjoyed this little bit about us! Love to all our followers and may God continue to bless our beautiful country!
Thanks to our veterans, young and old, and for those who have given their lives, our eternal gratitude.

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  1. A beautiful post. Blessings to you and your hero, an American hero. Our finest.

  2. Thank you to your HERO!

    Happy Memorial Day!


  3. Yes, beautiful post! Thanks so much for sharing this at Romance on a dime.

  4. What a wonderful post--and he looks fantastic! Also, thank you for listing all the blog parties--I am always looking for them. Best to you dear. --Sandy at eatwritedreamstitch.blogspot.com

  5. My thanks to your hero, who is also all of ours. Please thank him for his service, and I thank you for standing beside him and all you went through supporting him.

    That's cool that he is able to take part in the parade. Bummer about the pictures though! I found your post at Stringtown Home.

  6. My heartfelt thank you to your hero! How wonderful he made it home safely to you. How proud he looks in the parade. Thank you for sharing him with us. You have every right to be so proud of him!

  7. LOVED this post. Thank you so much for sharing it. Blessings to you and your soldier for all your sacrifice.

  8. I was so touched by this post. I'd love for you to share it at our patriotic link-up party: http://www.ourhousestory.net/2012/05/patriotic-link-up-party.html

  9. What a lovely post. Many thanks to your hero for his service. I'm visiting from Fantabulous Friday, and your newest follower :)

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  10. Beautiful post, thank you. And a big thank you to your hero, I noticed his big smile in every photo; what a peach! Thank God for brave soldiers like him. I am following you now :)

  11. God bless all who have been and are now willing to fight for this country. My hubby was a Vietnam vet, too. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Be sure to stop in and see the announcement, this Thursday, of my latest giveaway.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage