AUTHOR: Michael Thompson
DATE: 11/11/2004 10:57:00 PM
Tonitght, I think about Veteran's Day. Northrup Auditorum had a POW/MIA flag draped off the balcony. I have a long lineage of volunteers, who came when called. I am part of that, because we are fighting a war.
In the Revolutionary period, I am a relation to the Sweetland family of the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania.
In the Civil War, mny memebers of my mother's family, the Bowers and Kryders, served in the Ohio volunteers.
In the First World War, my Great-Grandfather, William Watkins, served in the Army, but never left the states. He lies in Ft. Snelling National Cemetary.
Both my grandfathers were too young to serve in the Second, but they were both in during Korea. My maternal Grandfahter, Dr. Norman Bowers, was in the Medical Service Corps of the Navy, working in Avation Exeperimential Psychology as a statistician. My paternal Grandfather, Charles Thompson, was an Airman, earing the Distiguished Flying Cross for action over Korea. The story is he took control of the B-26 Invader, and flying it so the Pilot could locate them.
My father was in the Navy from 1984 until 1996, serving as a Surface Warfare Officer. His view on today, and Memorial Day is, "I served so children could have a day off from school, and not worry."
I am going to be an officer.
I am the heir to a two hundred twenty odd year tradtion of fighiting at war. I try to remember the first article of the Code of Conduct: I am an American. I serve in the forces that guard my country and our way of life. I am prepard to give my life in their defense.
And the sixth: I will never forget I am an American, resposiblie for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and the United States of America.
My thoughts and papers- updated irregularly.
These are only my opinoins, do not apply these to anyone or the U.S. Government, who I do not represent.