Our Personal Heros

  1. Called my little brother Kris tonight , he said he was packing. His unit is being sent to Turkey as far as they know on Friday. They just found out today. "Are ya scared?", I ask. No he says ,but is more worried about leaving his new fiance, who is not handling this well. I cry, talk to everyone in my family, come here for an escape. Then I got to thinking, there are probably alot of people right here on this board who could use some support too. Sooo.. I would like to start a memory thread to support our own personal heroes. Tell me about your loved ones......

  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   cwazycwissyRN

    daylene is our crna that got her call last week. didn't even get to say goodbye. if you are are there reading this, this is for you daylene.
    she stated she is a flight nurse in the reserves instead of crna.
    she will be a wonderful asset anywhere she goes. she takes with her a world of intelligence and talent as a nurse. she is a wonderful reflection of what nursing is all about. her gentle nature and warm smile will be missed at home, while she is off protecting our freedom. our thoughts and prayers will be with you, and with your parents who will be taking care of your 11 year old daughter, until you return.
    you are such a professional and pocess such an admirable strong will.
    we'll be eager for your return.
    christy and the or crew
  4. by   bagladyrn
    My son enlisted in the Navy in the aftermath of 9/11. He took long enough to explore options and be sure this was not a purely emotional decision. He is currently still in his specialty school here in the US, will be heading elsewhere about September. When he was sent to his current base, his first liberty, he traveled to NYC and went to the WTC site. He told me he wanted to be able to think of it any time he wondered "Why am I doing this?"
    I'll probably be spending a lot of time on the boards when he is deployed as he is in subs (the silent service) which means long periods of no communication.
    Keeping your brother in my thoughts.
    Thanks for starting this thread.
  5. by   nursenoelle
    baglady- not being able to talk to them any time you want is the hardest part. the navy is really good about ombudsman services for families ( at least when I was a kid) call your son's base info. for family services. Hugs and prayers your way.
  6. by   JedsMom
    My "adopted" son Tom is in the Army and in the final stages of dive school in Florida. He will complete training in May and then we don't know where he will be going. He and my son are best friends and talk on the phone every week just to keep in touch.
    He is very proud to be serving his country.

    My son Jed has enlisted in the Marine Corp on the delayed entry program and will be going to boot camp in June as soon as he graduates from high school. He is ready, I am scared.

    God Bless our Troups, they have our back.
  7. by   Mkue
    My favorite uncle served in Vietnam rest his soul, he will always be a "hero" to me.

    I'm proud that my oldest son has chosen to join the United States Marine Corp.

    God Bless our Troops !
  8. by   nursenoelle
    I never really thought of my Dad as a hero, as I was a kid when he was in the Navy. Yesterday we we discussing war and how Kris might be feeling when he brought up a suppressed memory of when he was on the USS Detriot when we were stationed in Norfolk. How could I forget the FLUSH KHADAFI t-shirt he gave me to wear. Maybe I never thought of he and Grampa ( who fought in Korea) like that because they never made a big deal out of it. They were just doing what came naturally.

    officially adding them to my list:kiss

    edited to add: Thank You to those who have shared your stories. Your loved ones will be in my prayers.
    Last edit by nursenoelle on Mar 7, '03
  9. by   rncountry
    My dad is my hero. He passed away 2 and a half years ago, and I still miss him. He was a veteran of the Navy, 33 years. He was a flight engineer on the P3-Orien for many years and then became an instructor. I have dolls from 27 different countries that he was in. But it is not simply his service that made him my hero. It was how he lived his life.
    My dad came out of very bad circumstances and instead of whining and complaining about it, he picked himself up and did something with his life. He went into the Navy with only a 10th grade education because, as he put it, he was invited not to return to school. He was something of a hellion growing up. Within a couple of years of being in the service he had attained his high school diploma and then several years later he went back and got a bach. degree in business. Took him 6 years of night classes to do it while instuctoring for the Navy. My dad believed in learning all the time in and out of class. He built a beautiful gazebo behind the home he owned in Tennessee and put a ceiling fan in it so there was something to move the air on those hot days. Just off the gazebo he built a fountain where the water streamed down a series of flagstones into a pool at the bottom. He hand carved a carosel horse with a brass pole through it, full size, out of a block of oak. It is beautiful. There simply wasn't a thing that he turned his hand to that didn't come up wonderful. He taught me to work hard for what I wanted and to never take crap off of other people, but to do it in such a way that manners were always used. He taught me to think for myself, never offering advice to me when I wanted it even. Always instead asking me questions that would lead me to make my own decisions. He never critisized my decisions instead he supported me in whatever I choose to do. He taught me a deep and abiding faith, even though I did not believe in his particular religion, Christian Science. He taught me how to swim in the ocean of Hawaii. He even taught me how to fight and that there was no shame in defending yourself.
    Growing up I thought my dad was the most handsome man around. He was 6"4', wiry built, with blue gray eyes and black hair. He was part indian and looked it. When he was dying it occured to me that I still thought he was the most handsome man I knew even though he was tired, had many lines around his eyes and had lost some of his hair. His pure joyfulness of life continued to shine through and he taught me a final lesson that dying was part of living.
    Yes, I miss him terribly and I strive to live my life in the way I was brought up to, and to pass that on to my children. He will always be my greatest hero.
  10. by   bagladyrn
    rncountry - what a wonderful tribute to your father! What a great man he must have been. Your post was so evocative that I can just about see the little girl looking up at "the handsomest man in the world".
  11. by   Furball
    I just want to add the Iraqi lawyer and his wife who assisted Pvt Lynch. They are very near the top of my list of hero's.
  12. by   dosamigos76
    My father is and was a hero to me. He was in the Air Force for twenty years as a vehicle mechanic. He rose to the rank of Senior Master Sargent before he retired. In the period of three years time he went to Viet Nam (68) home one year and then Korea (70). We usually moved every year. I remember he used to scuba dive and after Viet Nam he didn't do it anymore. When I was older I asked him about it and found out that they needed someone to dive and look for a downed helicopter with the two people on board. Thank God he didn't find them, but he never again dove. I didn't know why he didn't enjoy the Fourth of July fireworks after Nam either until he casually mentioned it one day.
    My father was the kind of man that started volleyball teams up for the GI's to keep them out of trouble. He used to take them out to the lake water skiing-many for the first time. He even received permission to make a bbq/park area out where he was working on the flight line when he went civil service. He was diagnosed with cancer before the park was finished. The GI's finished the park and even got permission to have a placque in his name. I've never seen that done on an Air Force base before.
    We found out later that he died as a result of exposure to Agent Orange from Viet Nam. My mother now receives a pension due to the manner of his death. He died on Christmas Eve 1990. I miss him so much.
  13. by   WashYaHands
    What a noble man, and an awesome tribute to him.

  14. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by Furball
    I just want to add the Iraqi lawyer and his wife who assisted Pvt Lynch. They are very near the top of my list of hero's.
    I second that Furball !

    I hear they are in the US now.