Monday, May 28, 2012

A Memorial Day Tribute...

This is in commemoration of my relatives from the the various branches of my family, (Myers, Weed and Thomson), who’ve served in the Armed Forces of the United States over the past 67 years…

This is a photo of Ronald Allen Myers…my father.  He was a Staff Sergeant in the 18th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division…the “Big Red One”.  He was killed in action in Europe on May 6, 1945.  His death came only 2 days before victory in Europe, (VE Day), when the Germans surrendered to the Allied Forces in Berlin.  I had yet to reach my 3rd birthday…

Ronald Myers is buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial near the town of Avold France.

This is Nathan Weed, my mother’s oldest brother. (He was named after his father) As you can see by the uniform, he also served in the United States Army.  Uncle Nathan is survived by two daughters, Susan and Wendy, as well as a son, also named Nathan.

Nathan’s son (Nathan) also served in the United States Army. (I was unable to locate a photo of Nate while he was in the army) One big bonus that he gained from his service to his country was his wife Janice, a bonnie Scot who has been his soul mate for many years now.  They have 3 children…Elizabeth, Nadine…and you guessed it…the 4th Nathan in the ongoing series!

John Weed was my mother’s youngest brother.  He served with the US Navy, spending much of his time shipboard in the Mediterranean Sea. (In the first photo, he's wearing his military ID around his neck) This photo appears to have been taken while he was on shore leave in France. 

The second picture of Uncle John shows him on leave once again...but this time he's with a buddy and they're both in their 'whites'.  Uncle John is survived by two daughters, Judy and Maggie, as well as two sons, John and Michael.

This is my brother, Robert J. Thomson.  Bob served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War.  He now lives in Kansas City Kansas…and despite some very serious health issues, he has survived thanks to the care provided to him by the Veterans Administration.

Thanks to all of our family members who have served in defense of their country…and to the millions of service men and women who have given their life, their health and a portion of their lives to protect the United States of America!
We appreciate you taking time to share this family memorial with us…
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave