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This is the Purple Heart awarded to my mom's uncle, but she never met him. Dan Wright was posthumously awarded this medal after he was shot and killed in the Battle of Tinian on July 25, 1944 just 5 days after his 20th birthday. He was also awarded a Bronze Star for his act of heroism during the Battle of Saipan.

Do you have some one that needs to be remembered this Memorial Day? Share their story with us so we can keep their legacy alive.
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My grandfather fought in Korea. Canadian Royal 22nd Regiment. Grandpa didnt share many stories about his time over seas. Not with my mom, nor my grandma (that she would speak of anyway). The day I got home from my joining ceremony, when I signed up for the Navy, he called me out to the wood shop and poured me a scotch.

And the stories started. The old guy had seen some shit. Just didnt want to talk about it. I guess watching the side of your best friends head blow out, and having to bury him on the mountain where it happened will do that to a guy.

If I could be half the man my grandpa was I will have lived a good life.

Thanks to all who serve, past present and future.

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My father did recovery missions in Vietnam and died from cancer as a result of exposer to that lovely agent orange. Like BK's Grandfather, he never talked about his experience until after I joined the service.

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My riding buddy today is a highly decorated Viet Nam vet who was a copter door gunner. He has a few Purple Hearts. I can not begin to tell you how proud I am of him and the others like him.
Steve rides a gorgeous CVO Ultra and most of his buddies are Harley guys and Viet Nam vets too and they graciously accept me into their fold.
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My riding buddy today is a highly decorated Viet Nam vet who was a copter door gunner. He has a few Purple Hearts. I can not begin to tell you how proud I am of him and the others like him.
Steve rides a gorgeous CVO Ultra and most of his buddies are Harley guys and Viet Nam vets too and they graciously accept me into their fold.
Me? US Navy 1954 to 1962. Yeah, a Cold War Sailor.
Cheers ya old salt. I got ten years down range...another 15 to go.

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Cheers ya old salt. I got ten years down range...another 15 to go.
Old Salt is right. I'm even getting a little dinghy.

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Remembering Dad today,

My Dad served in Korea from mid 1951 to 1952 with US Army 1st Armored Division, Tropic Lightning. He drove/repaired Half-tracks and other light/heavy duty armored vehicles. He was Honorably discharged in 1953. Here's a photo of his Army uniform. I've held onto it since he passed in 1996. I wear his Garrison Cap at our local Memorial Day ceremony, instead of my Coastie cap.

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I would like to remember my uncle Len. Decorated Army vet from WW2. He was in a number of campaigns including the Battle of the Bulge and was part of getting intact V2's out Europe at the end of the war. He was a dead shot with a rifle and I can only imagine how he got that way. He never talked to me, but imparted some of his experiences to my father, usually when under the influence. A quiet patriot who protected his own. Never knew him to be far from a sidearm throughout his life. His last number of years saw a Glock 40 on the kitchen table and you better be invited when you came to the front door! Tough neighborhood. RIP, uncle Len.
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