Sunday, October 14, 2012
Honoring Those Who Have Served
The one that always touches me the most is Joe Kube. He was one of my dad's friendsl. I might have this wrong but I think there were in the National Guard together at one point. But he was an active duty infantry and special forces officer. He served three tours in Vietnam and was killed a month into his third tour at the age 31. His wife was pregnant with their third child when he died --a son who was named Joe as well. When Joe was killed, his family lived on an Army base in Georgia but after his death, his wife returned home to Tomah with their children to raise them. I grew up knowing his kids--we were close neighbors and we played with them all the time. My brother is still friends with Joe Jr. and his family. And his wife still lives in the same house by my dad. When I went to visit The Wall in Washington, D.C., I made sure I found Joe's name and took an etching of it to send to his wife. She had never been there and appreciated the gesture. Dane came across a picture of him on the internet a few years ago posted by one of his buddies in Vietnam. It was one that the family wasn't aware of and were happy to learn of as well. Since Joe in particular never knew his dad, he is always anxious for pictures or information that will give him a taste of what his dad was like.
Veteran's Day is a month away yet--but it is always appropriate to think about our military and our veterans and the sacrifices that they make for our country so that we can have all the freedoms that we enjoy.