Thank you to everyone who serves/served in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you to my grandfather who served in the 82nd Airborne during the Korean Conflict in the 1950’s. A thank you also goes out to my boyfriend, Andre who served in the U.S. Navy in the late 1990’s. Andre doesn’t like for me to share photos of him but…here it is anyway 🙂 Andre is the type of man who doesn’t like to be in the spotlight much. He doesn’t think he really did a lot while serving in the U.S. Navy but he did! He volunteered four years of his life to serve my country. I’m very proud of his military service and his many accomplishments in life.
I always enjoy hearing my grandfather and Andre’s military stories. Both were stationed in various cities around the world. From time to time, my grandfather describes the intense training he went through in jump school. My grandfather went to jump school in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. It was of course always nerve wracking jumping out of huge and noisy airplanes. Being in the U.S. Army is what my grandpa is mostly proud of in his life. He loves to show my family his Army photos, awards and wings. He was mostly stationed in Japan, along with other Asian and U.S. cities. Andre was mostly stationed in Hawaii. Andre tells me about being on a ship for weeks at a time and sometimes working 12-hour shifts or longer.