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My Favorite Veteran

Photo of the shadowbox I had made of my dad with his Korean War medals

Photo of the shadow box I had made of my dad with his Korean War medals

On Veteran’s Day, I appreciate the sacrifices of all the men and women who served to keep us free, and I also appreciate those currently serving.  However, my favorite veteran will always be my dad.  Although he now lives in heaven, I am proud of his service to our country as a tank commander on the front lines in the Korean conflict. 

Above is a picture of the shadow box containing his Army photo and medals.  The one medal missing, he never accepted.  Though wounded twice by being shot and requiring surgery on his hand, he refused the Purple Heart, saying that ‘the real heroes are the ones who didn’t come home.

His family disagreed.  He was our hero.

Most of you have read my poem about him, but here’s the link for any who have never read about my Gentle Warrior

Blessings to all our vets as we celebrate their service to our country!

Sue Nash/2013

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Friday Feature ~ Our Soldiers

Feature FridayMy dad used to say, of soldiers in battle, that the real heroes are the ones who never came home.  My husband would always remind him that if none had ever come home, we would have lost in war.

I agree with both.  Those who gave their lives protecting our freedom, and those who came home from service are heroes.

Today’s Friday feature is one of simply honoring our soldiers who served or are serving to keep us free: 

Our Soldiers
Honor those fallen ~ thank those who serve ~ they are all heroes

Below are some photos of my dad, from when he bravely served as a tank commander on the front lines in the Korean War.  He was a Purple Heart candidate after being shot twice, but refused because of his sentiments about those real heroes described above.  Growing up, I was always so proud of his service.  However, war did have an impact on him, especially since he saw so many of his Army comrades killed during the heat of battle.

Robert Stephens, served in the Korean War

Robert Stephens, served in the Korean War

My dad

My dad in the Army

Two other soldiers I am proud of:

Kevin Nash, my step-son, Kosovo

Kevin Nash, my step-son, formerly in the Army, served in Kosovo ~ Thanks for your service, Kevin!

Zach Leis, my grandson, recently enlisted in Army National Guard ~very proud of you, Zach!

Zach Leis, my grandson, recently enlisted in Army National Guard ~very proud of you, Zach!

Do you have a hero you want to brag on?  Are you proud of someone who served or is currently serving?  I would love to hear your stories as we together honor our soldiers!