Veterans Day

Veterans Day in Appalachia

Veterans Day is set aside to pay tribute to veterans of The United States of America’s Military. I’d like to honor a few fine veterans I am fortunate to know.

           JC McCoy United States Army 1956-57.

        LC Chastain United States Army- Korean War.

Jerry Wilson (Pap) United States Marines. Weapons Co. 3rd Battalion 8th Marines 2nd Division. Served 1956-59.

Harvey Stalcup United States Army. 86th Infantry Division 3rd Army. Served 1943-45 during World War II stationed in both the Pacific and European Theaters.

Henry Wilson United States Army. Served 1965-67 Vietnam War.

Tony Pressley United States Army. Served 1965-67 in South America.

I hope you too will take time to honor a veteran. I also hope you’ll leave me a comment about the veterans in your life.


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    Mike McLain
    November 10, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    My Dad is a WWII veteran of the US Navy. He served almost the entire war on a 110-foot long wooden hull submarine chaser. It amazes me that he and 25 other men lived on this tiny ship that was mostly filled up with ordnance for almost three years. He went to Rockport, TX as part of the crew that commissioned his ship into the Navy and stayed on it until it was turned over to the French on the Lend-Lease program in 1944. He was assigned to a minesweeper after that, but the war was over shortly thereafter. Dad is 86, alert, and healthy and those days are the most precious of his memories.
    I am a vet, but I served my 4 years during peacetime at Ft. Riley, Kansas!! No one shot at me, although when I was a young second looey, there were probably a few who would have been glad to put me “out of my misery.” It was a great experience though.

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    November 10, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Thanks to all the Veterns.Our family has hero’s also. When 9-11 happened it got me thinking,so at our next family renunion I did red, white, and blue with 3 generations of our family with their pics,enlist and discharge papers.All branches of milatary,and,WW11 to present was honored.I also did a scrapbook,which I’m proud of.We should also thank the Veterns families who also gave a lot. My Miller grandparents had 4 sons plus my father their son-in-law all in WW11 at the same time.I can only imagine all that they went thru during that time. In my book I deciated it to them .For they were also Hero’s to me.

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    November 15, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Of course it is no longer Veteran’s Day, but I need to tell you this is one of my favorite Veteran’s Day posts. I don’t think I saw anywhere else that I went (I haven’t been everywhere yet) so many specific tributes. Very nice.
    The only veteran close to me is my husband. His father was a Korean war veteran. Also lots of my husband’s friends, but we don’t live near anyone from our “past lives,” so I do not know most of them very well (if at all).

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    Judy Shubert
    November 13, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Thanks so much for your wonderful post in honor of all of our veterans. There are several in my family that I would like to remember as well.
    Raymond R. Stone, WWII
    Ray Allen Shubert, WWII
    Henry Estel Shubert, WWI
    William Spence Davis, WWI
    God bless you and yours.

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    November 12, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Great post Tipper. I chose to honor my father (WW2), my brother-in-lay (Viet Nam) and my nephew who is serving in the Navy now. God bless them for protecting our country and allowing us the freedom we have.

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    November 12, 2008 at 10:05 am

    I am happy to see so many Veterans Day posts this year. Thank you to all the men and women who have served this great country of ours. Thank you to my Grandfather, Charles, my Dad, Tommy, my uncles, Randy and Phil, my Father-in-Law, John, and a special Thank you to our two sons, Sam and Ryan who are currently serving in Iraq and our nephew, Nick, who has just gotten back from a tour in Africa.

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    November 12, 2008 at 5:49 am

    Thanks for sharing this very fine wall of honor. Beautiful. God bless.

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    November 12, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Salute! We need to say thank you not just today but everyday. Take care.

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    The Tile Lady-Marie
    November 11, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Thank you, Tipper, for this wonderful post! God bless each of them, and I am so thankful they served their country! My Dad was in the Navy and was at the Landing at Inchon in Korea. My husband, well, go by my blog and I have two good posts about his Viet Nam service and his peacetime service! I also have uncles of which I am very proud, who each served. I am just thankful for a day like today when we can honor all of them, and tell them thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

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    November 11, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Just loved your tribute, pictures and pretty music. Makes me teary eyed. blessings, Kathleen

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    Jennifer in OR
    November 11, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Wonderful remembrance!
    My dad was a Merchant Marine and I don’t know a ton about it, but know he worked in the shipyards in Virginia and ended up on a boat off Italy during WWII. Really a civilian organization, though.
    My Grandpa was in WWI, and he’s been dead for a long time. My Uncle Doug is still living, and he was in the Korean War–not on the frontlines, but working in radio communications overseas.

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    November 11, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing Tipper! Very nice!

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    trisha too
    November 11, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Very nice post, thank you for sharing, Tipper!

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    November 11, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Tipper! I’ve started the quilt contest and REALLY want to put the quilt song up. How do I find it? I know the video is somewhere . . . where? And, is there anyway to add it to my music player so that it plays automatically?

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    November 11, 2008 at 9:28 am

    My dad was in Veitnam and my grandfather in WWII.
    The effects on my father have been enormous. He has no peace in his heart. I wonder what kind of person he would be today if he had never gone.
    He may have not physically died…but his soul did.

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    Lyn - A Blog in the Rough
    November 11, 2008 at 9:09 am

    very nice remembrance to those important to you that have served our country. Thanks for posting 🙂

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    November 11, 2008 at 7:34 am

    What a great Tribute! I am so thankful for all our service men and women. Thank you for the touching reminder, to remember them.
    My dad and most of my uncles were in the military. My dad was in Vietnam. I remember as a little girl, my mom making sure we did not wake my dad up, or startel him. I can’t even imagine what he must have gone through. God Bless everyone with their life on the line,willing to protect ours.

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    Amy @ parkcitygirl
    November 10, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Lots of history in your family – my dad and both grandpas served too.

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    noble pig
    November 10, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Those pics were just awesome. My father a WWII vet served in the South Pacific.

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    Helen G.
    November 10, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    My baby brother was in the Air Force, my brother-in-law worked for the embassy in Mali. He was also Air Force. Also have a couple of nephews that did a stint in the Army. One during Desert Storm.
    I probably have soldiers way, way back, but I don’t know and don’t want to go hunt thru the genealogy of both sides of our family. I know when we were little we went to Pea Ridge Battleground because we had some relative that fought there, but I can’t remember who it was. Now I’m curious so I guess I will have to call my oldest brother and ask him. He knows more about these things.
    But I would honor all veterans any way because of what all they do to keep us free.

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    November 10, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Thank you for this tribute to veterans. Remembrance Day is tomorrow in Canada. I honor all veterans for their sacrifice that ensured we could live in freedom.

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    Dee from Tennessee
    November 10, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    My family has served in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, both North and South, my mother’s only sibling was in the Korean War…and my dad worked at Oak Ridge , and like Jane’s dad, was in Japan immediately following the Atomic bomb , and then back to Oak Ridge.
    My husband was a combat infantryman in Vietnam in 1967-68, during the Tet Offensive. (I just recently discovered two pictures of him taken of him in the field in Vietnam on the Internet.)
    Remembering the families of the young men and women who have died in Iraq and Afganistan.
    “All gave some; some gave all.”
    How very true.

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    Carolyn A.
    November 10, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    What great pictures you have! Pap was a fine looking Marine, wasn’t he? Semper Fi Pap!
    My older brother served in the Army during Vietnam, Desert Storm and Desert Shield. During his tours of duty he was also stationed in Hawaii and Germany.
    What a great look back on the men who kept our country free. Thanks to all of them and all who are serving now. xxoo

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    November 10, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    We have all branches of the military in my family. Serving from WWII to present Iraq.
    I salute them and pray for them all.

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    November 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Here’s to my father ~ once a Marine, ALWAYS a Marine. 🙂

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    Miss Cindy
    November 10, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Brings tears to my eyes!

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    November 10, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Enjoyed your post. There are many veterans in my family. My ancestors have served since the Revolutionary War. Dad served in the Army and was in Japan after they dropped the atomic bombs. My husband served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.

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