The. Thin thread of life.

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This Memorial Day, I honor my ancestors who served in the Military. Some gave their lives or suffered the rest of their lives with physical and emotional trauma. My father was wounded just four days after landing in France on D-Day. The 6.5 mm Mauser bullet lodged close to his heart. He recovered in England and returned to battle a couple months later. He was lucky. Another inch and his six natural children and nine grandchildren and their families would not be. He nearly died from exposure in The Battle of the Bulge.
My great grandfather was the youngest of five brothers. He was ten when his older brother died at the Battle of Shiloh, at Pittsburg Landing. Another brother died from Measles while serving in Nashville, TN. Another brother was captured and spent the rest of the war in a Confederate prison camp near Tyler, TX. Conditions there became so poor that prisoners tried making soup from their boots. Even the prison guards died from starvation. He died less than a decade after the war.
Their cousin somehow survived years in the infamous Andersonville prison. He lived into his 70's, but suffered with dysentary and respiratory issues. Ironically, their parents were Quakers, known for pacifism.
Had my great grandfather served in the War and suffered a similar fate as his brothers,, his thousand-odd descendents might not exist.
We should remember all who sacrificed their lives in service to this nation.
in The Tree House by Don Castella G2G6 (6.5k points)

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Thank You Don. I also have family that have served for generations. And were in Andersonville and other Union camps. And a 16 year old great grand uncle died in the Civil War. My family also had Quakers and ministers who fought . My son serves now in the Air Force. Been in 10 years since he was 18. He just signed for another 10. I will think of your family and honor them this weekend when we do our memorial.
by Anonymous Roach G2G6 Pilot (201k points)

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