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Heroes: Vets and Troops

 

       


A Veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life.  That is beyond honor.  
I am thankful to all who serve(d), and their spouses and families.

The Ten Tenors, from Australia, singing this stunning tribute to the United States of America men and women in uniform.  Trace Adkins and the West Point Cadet Glee Club

This page is dedicated to my Father, LCDR (Ret.) Gavin N. High (1921-2007).
His ashes were scattered beside the USS Iowa, the ship that saved his life while serving as 2nd in command aboard LST 1141;  Dad was delivering British commandos on the beach, North of the 38th parallel in Korea.  (LST's have bow doors that open and allow tanks and troops to exit directly from the ramp onto the beach).  On departure they encountered heavy shoreline fire.  The USS Iowa came to their rescue, firing from 10 miles offshore.  I was only a few months old, and I got to meet my Father because of the USS Iowa crew.  Thank you !
 
Subsequently, Dad got involved with a project to purchase a LST as a living momunment.  Being sight impaired and unable to physically help, he did his share from his desk.  In 2001, 28 Veteran sailors, average age 72 years, sailed their now refurbished ship from Greece to Mobile, AL.  We attended her recommissioning into the Navy only a week after 911.  In 2005, LST 325 became a floating museum in Evansville, IN. 

More info:
 LST Memorial   LST organization

What is an LST?  Landing Ship Tank.  Her sailors call her a Large Slow Target!

                                Dad was at Normandy too.  Here are generic photos of Normany, so many years ago. 

                                         
                                                      Hawkeye lays by the casket during the funeral of his owner,                                                                  Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, on August 19, 2011.

30 troops died 8/6/11, including 22 Navy SEALS, when a 
Taliban insurgent
shot down their Chinook helicopter with a rocket propelled grenade.
  







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