Lawrence Standerwick Jameson, World War I. He fought in France and returned home … never to travel oversees again. Both of his sons also served in the military although neither directly saw combat.
Robert Bruce McKee, Jr. World War II, Air Force. Fortunately for his mother, the war ended before he was deployed. However Dad had been raring to go.
I’m sure both men would have volunteered despite warts or bone spurs or any number of ailments.
24 thoughts on “They Volunteered”
And we are better off as a country because these men, and others like them, served, bone spurs be damned.
We are. Men of my grandparents and father’s generation would have absolutely no respect for DT.
Breaks my heart that these boys, who pictures prove they were very young men, had to fight in those wars. Combat is a bit more tech now, with missiles and drones instead of trenches, though tanks in sand and landmines, too, make war still so harrowing for such young brave soldiers. I think about how they will, every soldier who sees active combat or works as a medic or doctor, everyone on the front lines, real or metaphorical, will have to carry that with them for the rest of their lives. So grateful to them and so much wish there was no such thing as war. Peace, Jan xo
My grandfather (Jameson) was a very young man when he went to war but when he returned home, that gentle, hopeful look on his face was gone. Before and after pictures are stunning and sad.
We owe them so much!
Yes we do. I was tempted to rail on about that buffoon in the WH but then decided to just honor them.
This sort of volunteerism is in a category of it’s own, isn’t it? This is not canvassing for Red Cross or sitting on a not-for-profit board of directors. I thank them and every other military man or woman past or present.
That’s true. Once in, you can’t back out.
We all owe them so much
My dad was a WWII vet who was drafted. He didn’t volunteer. His family were Quakers and he may have been able to get CO status, but he didn’t. He never went overseas after the war either.
My grandmother tried her best to get my father exempted (her stepfather was a judge) but he was determined. He really wanted to fly.
We owe them a lot and posts like these are very important
I think so, thanks!
Thanks for this moving tribute, Jan. The personal names and faces are appreciated.
It’s particularly telling to see the young men’s faces before and after returning from combat. To have so life so altered at such a young age. Sad.
So…what happened to the Wacky Lay-off Musical post?
Oh I decided readers might not appreciate my sardonic and dark sense of humor.
I enjoyed it. The Reader held it long enough for me to see it.
Right on. My husband did 14 years of service in two branches WITH BONE SPURS
Good for him. Military service has given many young people an education and a start in life. I get bone spurs on my wrist and they are treatable. Sometimes they go away on their own.
The Mister will need to have his sawn off. Will he, though? Will he? Hah
For bone spurs I swear by black licorice – the real stuff. I would hope they don’t saw them off – ugh. Hardly worth it.