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  • Day Is Done – Remembering Uncle Mike

    May 28, 2007

    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 Comments »

    1. Everyday Mommy says:

      Our deepest thanks to you, Cpl. Mike. God bless you.

      May 28th, 2007 at 7:58 am

    2. Amy says:

      What a loving tribute.

      May 28th, 2007 at 8:08 am

    3. Roxanne says:

      Thank you, Mike.

      May 28th, 2007 at 9:42 am

    4. Neighbor Jane Payne says:

      My sincere appreciation to Cpl. Mike and your entire family for their sacrifice.

      May 28th, 2007 at 9:49 am

    5. Susan J. says:

      Perfect Memorial Day post.

      May 28th, 2007 at 9:59 am

    6. kittyhox says:

      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.

      May 28th, 2007 at 10:19 am

    7. military mommy says:

      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.

      Michelle

      May 28th, 2007 at 10:46 am

    8. Beck says:

      Very, very, very sad.

      May 28th, 2007 at 11:14 am

    9. wordgirl says:

      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.

      May 28th, 2007 at 11:19 am

    10. Fiddledeedee (It Coulda' Been Worse) says:

      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.

      May 28th, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    11. Susan says:

      How very sad.

      He was 7 years younger, to the day, than my mother.

      May 28th, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    12. Michelle says:

      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.

      May 28th, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    13. Rachel May says:

      What an awesome post. Thank you to your family for living with this sacrifice, and to Cpl. Mike for his service.

      May 28th, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    14. jean says:

      Thank you.

      May 28th, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    15. Tamara Cosby says:

      Beautiful. Thank you.

      May 28th, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    16. Sally says:

      Beautiful tribute for Memorial Day.

      May 29th, 2007 at 7:24 am

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