It’s Memorial Day and I’m remembering my Uncle Tom. He was a Marine and served in the Vietnam war and survived 3 tours of duty. He received the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, a Humanitarian Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Commendation and Meritorious Mast.
He went on to server 26 years in the Corps and retired honorably. The retirement ceremony was very impressive.
For the next 20 years, he worked at several intelligence agencies including the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense. He was involved with all the intelligence gathering on Osama Bin Laden after September 11, 2001. He was not a happy man when President Bush decided to go to war with Iraq.
I remember asking him when he was planning on retiring. He said he wouldn’t retire until they catch Bin Laden.
My Uncle Tom did not get to enjoy the taking down of Bin Laden. Cancer got the best of him 2 years ago. I still think about him often…especially today.
Remember our hero veterans on this Memorial Day.