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A Soldier Comes Home – posted by Dave in Texas March 31, 2006

Posted by daveintexas in History.
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B-24 Liberator

He was 24 years old when they went down.  That made him an old man to a lot of the squadron.

Lost to his family for 63 years.  His remains are on their way home to Ohio.

If you’ve ever been to DC, or if you’re going to go, do yourself a favor and go to Arlington National Cemetery.  Plan on a couple of hours.

The Marine Corps War Memorial is outside the gates.  The image you’ve seen is a familiar one, that scene captured by photographer Joe Rosenthal on Iwo Jima, but seeing the memorial in person is different.  It is quite beautiful.

Arlington is a lovely, haunting place.  You can stand in places and look at the gentle rolling hills, covered with markers, perfect rows.  As far as your eye can see.

You’ll walk up to a marker, and then another, and read the names.  The dates.  Their rank, branch of service.  If you have a family member or someone you knew who is interred there, you’ll go to the place.

You will be staring into history.

Go see Robert E. Lee’s home.  Go see the final resting place of two brothers who served their country, and died too young.  See the memorial to the crew of the U.S.S. Maine, and the memorial to those fine men and women we lost in Challenger STS-51L.

End your visit by watching the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns.  Always make that the last thing you see.  These fine men and women, members of the US Army 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), have the honor of guarding this sacred place, this place where “valor sleeps”.

 

The Tomb at Dusk

 

If you have a dry eye when you see that, well you are made of sterner stuff than me.

 

UPDATE:  Look what I found

crew of 42-40972

I wonder which one is Buddy?

Comments»

1. BrewFan - March 31, 2006

“Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But To God”

2. blogidaho - April 1, 2006

Good one, Dave.

3. michael - April 1, 2006

Mrs. Michael and I took the kids there when we lived in the D.C. area, not really expecting much, just killing an afternoon. It was an unforgettable experience.

4. kevlarchick - April 1, 2006

I’ll never forget my visit there. Will definitely take my kids. If you’re in the neighborhood, go to Gettysburg too. Haunted and unforgettable.

5. Dave in Texas - April 3, 2006

Depends on circumstances and all, but it’s quite likely there won’t be another “unknown”. DNA and the information age. Amazin stuff.

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/vietnam.htm


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