Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend, Day 4.5

WITH DEEPEST THANKS TO THOSE UNKNOWN TO US, WHO CAME NOT HOME AGAIN...





AND WITH DEEPEST THANKS TOO, TO THOSE KNOWN TO US, WHO DID.



"Great Uncle Gerald O'Brien" (1893 - 1959) - WWI - Came home shattered by battle in the days before PTSD was understood; never married; spent his life as a gentle alcoholic in the care of my Grantmother Kent.



"Uncle" Thomas Clarence Kent (1912-1983) - WWII, US Navy - commanded a LST (Landing Ship - Tank) in five invasions: North Africa 1942, Sicily 1943, Normandy 1944, South of France 1944, Iwo Jima 1945. His LST at Normandy was sunk by a German artillary shell with all hands lost, except for Tom, on D-Day. Spent his life as a neutral labor negotiator for the auto industry: in essence, as a peacemaker.



"Dad" William J. Kent Sr. (1919-1991) - Stateside service: WW2 Army Air Corps, Korea US Air Force, Vietnam US Air Force. Deployed to Saudia Arabia, Lebanon, and to Alaska. He retired from the Air Force on June 6, 1966 with the rank of Major.

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