"Killing someone is worse than dying yourself."
My late father answering my first question about what he went through in World War Two.
He was a good man.
My heartfelt thanks to him, my brothers Kevin and Bruce (both Navy veterans), Bruce's father in law Bob (retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer), my paternal grandfather (Navy veteran World War One), my late Uncle Rick (shot down flying a P-38 fighter in World War Two), my Uncle Bob (Navy veteran World War Two), my cousin Rick's stepfather Rodman (father of his stepbrothers and stepsister) (World War Two) my Uncle Bill (Korean War veteran), my maternal step grandfather ( Army veteran World War Two), Christine's father (Navy veteran World War Two), my cousin Doug (Vietnam veteran Vietnam War), my cousin Roddy (Vietnam veteran Vietnam war), my niece and nephew in law (Iraq/Pakistan Wars), my sister in law Donna, her sisters Debbie and Robin, and their mother Ruth.
Ruth and Donna, and her sisters have had to persevere watching Bob, Bruce, David and Lins get thrown in harm's way. While I'm not shorting the other members of the family, The Marklands (Bob, Ruth, et al.) have had more than their share of deployments in ANY one family. They are an amazing family. We're lucky (as Walkers) to have them in our sphere.
I'm very proud of them.
If anybody wants to know what "tough" is, I present to you the women who were left to worry about all the men (and Sissy Bop/aka Lins) above.
Thank you, one and all, for your sacrifices.
Until the next time, all y'all take care.
Air Traffic Mike, ret.
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