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Day Is Done – Remembering Uncle Mike

Cpl. Mike  ~ 187th Airborne, Regiment 13
February 24, 1930 – September 26, 1952

Mike was my mother’s big brother. She describes him as a shy red-headed farm boy who loved tinkering with motors and engines and gadgets. He joined the army and became a paratrooper and later a member of the elite Rangers.

In 1952, eight years before I was born, he was shot by a Korean sniper. He died on foreign soil, in service to our country, far far away from the gently rolling midwestern cornfields of his home and his family who loved him. He was 22.

16 thoughts on “Day Is Done – Remembering Uncle Mike

  1. What a handsome young man, and what a loss. Thanks for sharing him with us. It’s good to remember that he is what Memorial Day is all about.

  2. Thank you, Cpl Mike. Even though we know that thank you could never be enough for what you gave.

    For what you sacrificed so that we could enjoy the freedoms that we so often take for granted.

    For what your family – your mother, father, and siblings especially – must live without for the rest of their days.

    May our lives reflect the depth of your sacrifice. May we live on purpose every day in your honor.


  3. 22…just a kid, really. What would his life have been like had he made it back? Would you be close to the kids he never had? Would any of them have become your best friends? What stories would have have to tell you about his time in Korea? So many questions. Such a loss.

  4. Praise God for Uncle Mike and his sacrifice, so that we can appreciate our freedom, and the ability to celebrate this Memorial Day. I salute all the men and women of our military, who unselfishly serve, so that we may be free. Freedom does come at a high price.

  5. Cpl. Mike,
    I thank you for your service and dedication. Your bravery will not be forgotten. Your loved ones will be in my prayers this day.

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