Dad entered the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant after doing ROTC amd graduating from Michigan State University. He served as Depot Commander in Manila. He continued his service after leaving active duty as a reservist and retired from the Army as a Lt. Colonel. He was buried with military honors. I didn’t know him as a solider because I wasn’t born yet.
My brother was born in Ft. Worth Texas, when they were stationed at Ft. Sam Houston prior to being sent overseas. When dad left for the Philippines, mother returned to Ohio to live with her sister and begin to raise my brother. David joined the Air Force after working for a while after high school graduation. He spent most of his time at Moses Lake Washington. I didn’t know David because he was four years older and joined the Air Force when I was just a punk-ass kid that didn’t realize his brother would die before he got to know him.
A soldier and an airman that I didn’t really know are on my mind this Memorial Day.