HONORING ALL VETERANS AND GIVING THANKS FOR THEM

HOME SALUTE TO OUR VETERANS


THANKS FOR SERVING OUR NATION AND THOSE IN FOREIGN LANDS WHO YOU DID NOT EVEN KNOW!
HERE ARE THOSE OF OUR OWN FAMILY WHO HAVE SERVED IN DIFFERENT BRANCHES OF OUR MILITARY...HELPING TO KEEP FREEDOM ALIVE!

ASHLEY AND ABBY, IN WORLD WAR II, YOUR GREAT-GRANDFATHER,WINDLE McELROY FOUGHT IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN AGAINST JAPAN. HE AND HIS BUDDIES FOUGHT FROM ISLAND TO ISLAND, PUSHING THE JAPANESE ARMY BACK TO THEIR OWN LAND. HERE ARE TWO PICTURES OF HIM ON THE ISLAND OF OKINAWA.


OWEN AND DREW, YOUR GREAT-GRANDFATHER TEASLEY ALSO SERVED IN WORLD WAR II IN THE ARMY. HE WAS A 22 YEAR OLD STAFF-SERGEANT AND MOST OF HIS TIME WAS SPENT IN THE COUNTRY OF BURMA WHERE HIS UNIT WORKED ON BUILDING THE BURMA TO INDIA ROAD ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS AND JUNGLES. THAT ROAD BECAME A VERY IMPORTANT ROUTE FOR SUPPLIES TO BE MOVED TO THE FRONT-LINE SOLDIERS IN THAT AREA. HERE IS A PICTURE OF THE FIRST ARMY CONVOY OF TRUCKS MAKING THE TRIP IN 1945.


WILL AND MAGGIE, YOUR PAPAW, BILLY WAYNE, SERVED IN THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD FOR SEVERAL YEARS BEGINNING IN 1962. AT FIRST HE WAS IN AN INFANTRY UNIT BUT LATER THEY WERE ASSIGNED TO A TANK UNIT. HERE IS A PICTURE OF THE KIND OF TANKS HE WOULD HAVE KNOWN.


WILL, MAGGIE, OWEN, AND DREW YOUR GREAT-GRANDFATHERS, JIMMY THOMPSON AND BOYD HARDIN WERE TOO YOUNG FOR WW I AND TOO OLD TO BE IN THE WW II. BUT, YOUR UNCLE JIM HARDIN (Pop'S BROTHER) FOUGHT IN THE KOREAN WAR IN THE 1950'S. HE WAS WITH THE FIRST MARINE DIVISION OF THE U. S. MARINE CORPS. AND, YOUR UNCLE GENE NORWOOD FOUGHT IN THE VIET NAM WAR IN THE 1970'S.

POP WAS AN AIRPLANE MECHANIC IN THE U. S. AIR FORCE RESERVE AND THE TENNESSEE AIR GUARD FROM 1963 TO 1971. THE PLANES HE WORKED ON TOOK SUPPLIES INTO DA NANG AND SAIGON IN VIET NAM AND BROUGHT WOUNDED BACK TO HOSPITALS IN THE USA. THE PLANES WERE OLD AND SLOW, SO IT TOOK 45 HOURS IN THE AIR TO MAKE THE TRIP FROM MEMPHIS TO VIET NAM. HERE IS A PICTURE OF THE C-124, THE KIND HE WORKED ON. THEY SHOOK AND VIBRATED SO BADLY IN THE AIR, THEY WERE NICKNAMED 'OLD SHAKEY'



HERE IS A PICTURE OF THE VEHICLE UNCLE JIM DROVE IN KOREA. IT'S NAME WAS 'DUKW' BUT PRONOUNCED 'DUCK' BECAUSE IT COULD GO ON WATER OR LAND. SOME OF THE TIME UNCLE JIM CARRIED SUPPLIES FROM SHIPS ANCHORED IN THE BAY (HE NEVER LEARNED TO SWIM, BUT DID NOT ADMIT THAT WHEN HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THIS VEHICLE...LOL)AND AT OTHER TIMES HE CARRIED SUPPLIES INLAND TO THE MARINES FIGHTING ON THE FRONT LINES...ON THE WAY BACK HE WOULD BRING WOUNDED MARINES TO BE TREATED....WILL ALWAYS BE A 'HERO' TO THIS 'LITTLE BROTHER'!



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