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Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

My Favorite Veteran

Growing up, everyone's Dad was a GI
Except mine

Oh, he went to war all right
But it wasn't WW 2
it was "The Great War"
now known as World War I

As a remembrance of his service

He was given this engraving
Of the Goddess Columbia
"knighting" a Doughboy
with the inscription

"Columbia Gives To Her Son
The Accolade of the
New Chivalry of Humanity"

Not every WW I vet received one of these
Only the ones that were wounded.
For in "The Great War" there was no Purple Heart
That came later
That came in World War II

Dad was wounded in the Battle of the Argonne Forest
the papers say "slightly"
which I don't really understand.

Perhaps he was wounded and patched on the battlefield
And sent back to battle once more
rather than having to be transported to a Field Hospital
and considered "really" wounded!

Dad always told me that he had been hit by a cannonball.
As a child, I believed him
But as an adult, I know that that was impossible.
Shrapnel perhaps, but not the ball itself.

And before, he was sent to France,
Dad also was sent to the Mexican Border
at the time of Pancho Villa.

He never mentioned that part of his military.

Dad was my hero
And I was proud in a sea of GI kids, to be the lone child of a doughboy

It's Veteran's Day
The day we honor all veterans,
The day I honor my Dad
My favorite veteran!


Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Wonderful to share your father's military experiences. Thank you!

Deanna said...

I can see how your Dad was your favorite Veteran.
He is a HERO!

Wonderful that so many men were heroes so we can have the freedoms we have even today. My Grandpa was in the Navy in World War I.

Autumn Blessings,

Bernideen said...

What a great tribute!