I spent 23 years in the Air Force in Healthcare. Serving has been a family affair. My father served in the Marine Corp. My brother and son served in the Army. My daughter served in the Navy. My husband and I both served in the Air Force.
My cousin, Veteran, MajGen Mel Spiese and his wife Filomena riding in a parade prior to retiring. Two of his children became Marines also and his other daughter joined the Navy! Whole family is very proud of all of them!
1st Lt Larry Horn honorably served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He was a B-24 pilot stationed in Italy and flew 35 combat missions over enemy territory in Germany and former Yugoslavia. He was shot down twice. The first time his entire crew bailed from the plane where he was captured, but later escaped and returned to duty. The second time his plane was hit, he ordered his crew to jump and he crash landed the plane in Yugoslavia. There he was taken in by locals and kept safe until he was returned to Italy by Allied forces. Lt Horn completed his combat duty in 1945 when the war ended, and he returned to TN to pursue an engineering degree at Vanderbilt. He currently resides in Dickson TN and will celebrate his 97th birthday later in Nov. He has four children who honor his service to our country.
My grandfather (D-Dad). A Colonel in the ARMY who faught in and survived WW2. The strength of our family. He never asked for anything in return for his service. He always exuded dignity and strength. Even from a distance I learned about integrity and bravery from him. We honor him today.