Saturday Posts . . .

I’m pretty sure that by now everyone who reads my blog knows that I’m proud to be a US Army veteran. But, I did nothing more than join the service. I never saw combat. Others paid a far higher price, and one particular group of veterans were most deserving of the sobriquet they eventually were tagged with – “The Greatest Generation”. I know this is a few days early, but I want to do my part to keep the memory alive. So, here is my annual post in remembrance of December 7th, 1941.


December 7th . . .

Sorry, but I’m not feeling well. I’ll share more tomorrow about the reason why. Today, however, is to commemorate the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Because I’m not feeling well, I didn’t put any time into preparation for this post. Just please believe that it is no less important to me today than it has ever been. The US military personnel who either died or were wounded in Pearl on that day were a large part of the reason why I became a US Army Medic.

May we never forget.

Fun with stamps . . .

As you well know, my wife and I are avid readers.  My wife is currently reading a paperback copy of the book “Make Room! Make Room!” by Harry Harrison.  It is the book that the classic  Charlton Heston movie, “Soylent Green” is based on.

Inside the book, which she bought used, she found a curious book mark.  It was a used, cancelled, postage stamp.  On it’s face was a line drawing of a man making a delivery to a woman at the front door of her house.  There is a motorcycle in the lower right corner.  It was a US Special Delivery stamp, and the face value on the stamp was 13 cents.  She showed it to me, and expressed curiosity about what it was and if it might be valuable.

I know a little about such things, so I expected it wasn’t particularly valuable, but I thought it might be something interesting, so I went online and looked it up.  It was an official US Post Office postage stamp, issued in 1944 for special delivery parcels.  Interesting, but not especially valuable.  Identifying it was a fun 5-minute diversion.


“… a date that shall live in infamy . . .”

I realize that there are plenty of people out there who appreciate the US Military, and the veterans who served in it.  Thank you!

These images are why those of you who don’t appreciate the military should be grateful that people like me have been wearing uniforms in the service of the USA for 238 years.  We, the service members and veterans, stand between you and countries (or radical terrorists) that want to kill you.  We have done this so you can live free, even if you can’t appreciate our choice.  Without the uniformed services and veterans of this country, there would be no USA – and you’d likely be speaking German.  73 years ago today, we protected you and your families from this . . .Japanese Torpedo plane taking off h50603torpedo planes attacking battleship row - h50931USS Utah - g266626USS Arizona forward magazines explode - k13513USS Maryland and capsized USS Oklahoma - g19930tthe date that shall live in infamy - h72273kOn 07 Dec 1941, at 0748 Hawaii Time, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the US Navy fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Keep in mind that, at that time, Hawaii was still an independent nation that was renting space to the US, and wouldn’t become our 50th state for another 10 years.