We Will Remember

May 26, 2014

Marines on Memorial Day


Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
~John 15:13, ESV


 “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem.”
~Ronald W. Reagan
my thoughts red
In the massive draft of WWII, 50 million American men from ages 18-45 registered, 36 million classified and 10 million drafted. Among this 10 Million was Eugene L. Bailey and Woodrow W. Marbut. Daddy was drafted on March 29, 1944 at the age of 33. He left a wife, an eight year old daughter, and two sons ages four and two. Daddy was not a belligerent man: actually, he was the opposite. He did not like confrontation and was more than willing to work for peace. He saw a lot  of death, hunger and destruction and like all those who survive a war, he could not understand why he made and others did not. Daddy’s favorite holidays were Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day and the 4th of July. He was promoted on July 5, 1995 and I do not think it was a coincidence. If he were here, he would be the first to tell you Memorial Day was not about him, it is about those who did not come home like June’s uncle Ed Gross who was aboard the USS Oklahoma and was killed during the Pearl Harbor attack. June and I visited his grave when we were in Honolulu.
I attended several of the Memorial services for the men who gave their lives in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I do remember most of them but one is particular: Jon Erik Loney who was killed by an IED on December 28, 2006. Jon is listed as being from Hartselle but I think he may have attended DHS. Jess Clanton and I attended his memorial service at Ironman Baptist and the General who was over Redstone at the time spoke. I’ve never heard anything quite like it. Jon’s remains are buried at Oakridge cemetery. I don’t have any info on his family but I sure would like to do something to let them know that we have not forgotten.

USS Oklahoma



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