Thursday, June 7, 2012

OMB Old Soldiers Never Die

Senior  Citizens who are also Veterans,
find this special day to remember how 
fortunate we are, again, this year.
I know how swiftly  some of us mature
while we are in Service, some take 
much longer.
My maturity in the Service, came with
a Court Martial and a rude awakening.
During the next 30 months, I became a 
Senior minded individual. 
I started to think like my Dad and started
to drink like my Grandfather...sparingly 
and rarely to excess.
I became aware of my friends and Family...
Where was this whole picture going to take us.
Who was gonna make it...  besides me?
That was where my Maturity Faltered.
I, was never out of the equation of survival.
That turning point came to fruition after the
I had become a Senior Citizen in my Twenties.
I was recognized by my Peers in the Military as,
"An Old Soldier"

In 1943 when I began my Military Career,
the Army had a pecking order for us,. those
Draftees and Newbee Enlistees  ....
The Career Army Personel, kept us at arms length
until we proved our worth..
After all, they were the older soldiers and 
they had a right to demand our respect for
their experience and guidance.
The division was clear.
The old Army, training the "new army"
These guys, were already, "old soldiers"

Which brings me to 1951 . 

I remember watching
The TV National Broadcast of General
Douglas MacArthur, who made his farewell  
address to the U.S. Congress after being recalled 
from Korea, by President Harry S. Truman.
His speech, made History, with the most
famous quote....

 "Old Soldiers Never Die, They Just Fade Away" .

Of course he was referring to himself but 
I could"t  help feel he was talking about 
"the old Army of World War l "
Well now.
I hope you don't think of me being partial
to old folks but I think we should never forget 
any Service person regardless of their age or 
length of Service, and let them fade away.
They have earned our everlasting respect
and Memory.   

I borrowed  this poem , a tribute to the
98th Bomber Group from a Blog I follow..
The Charley-Boy Chronicles
 A WW ll  pilot's story
 posted by Elizabeth Bacher a couple
of  months ago.
Can't get it out of my mind.
Sharing it with you.

High Flight

"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
and danced the skies,
on laughter- silvered wings;

Sunward, I've climbed, and joined,
the tumbling mirth, of sun- split clouds.
Done a hundred things,
you have not dreamed of,
wheeled and soared,
swung high in the sunlit silence.
Hov'ring  there,
I've chased the shouting wind along,
flung my eager craft,
through the footless halls of air.

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the wind swept heights,
with easy grace,
where never lark or eagle flew.

with silent, lifting mind,
I've trod the high, untrespassed,
sanctity of space,
I put out my hand,
and touched,
the face of God."
Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee   Jr.                                                       
No. 412 Squadron, RCAF
Killed December 11, 1941


Pat Tillett said...

Hi Sol! Hope you are doing well.

I totally agree with you. Every generation that has had to deal with a conflict is to be remembered and appreciated.

But you my friend, are part of the Greatest Generation. If not for you and those like you. We'd be living in a totally different world. There is no arguing that fact. I thank you for being part of that generation.

In the Marine Corps when we called them the "Old Breed," or the "Old Corps."

solfine said...

Thank you Pat....Again and again.
With those kind words you leave here.
It's really great to be back...

Elizabeth Bacher said...

As I told you are my most favorite senior citizen veteran. Glad you liked the poem...I'm sure my dad would have. We owe much to your generation! I too am glad to see you at your computer again. Liz

Matt Maury said...

Hello, I am following your blog for a class on WW II history for my Bachelors...I look forward to learning from you and expanding my knowledge on WW II...Books sometimes leave things out but for someone like you who lived it, it is the best way to learn...Thank you for everything you did so I can do what I am free to do...I am a 16 year Navy Vet but when I look back on my Navy career, I didnt do anything that matches what you and your generation did...I thank you.

solfine said...

Hi Matt....Welcome and thank
you for your Comment...

Sarah Sofia Granborg said...

Hi! Just saw your comment which you had left on my book-blog. Thank you. Very kind of you. We're very busy renovating and writing and publishing books... but now it's a little easier with more books coming out and much of the renovations being done...

Very moving post you have here! And of course I love that poem! Who doesn't?!

solfine said...

Thank you for your comment Sara,
always welcomed and to the point.
Enjoyed visiting your Blog.

Doug Karr said...


I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could email me?

I look forward to hearing from you,


solfine said...

Thanks Doug...
What is your E-Mail Address ?????