A Memorial Day Thank You

Posted on May 25, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments |

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This is Harrison Waite – my great-great-great grandfather.  When he was 16 years old, he ran away from home in Maine to join the Civil War.  He fought for the North (in case you aren’t up on your military garb).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

arnold uniformThis is my grandfather, Arnold Wayne Waite.  He fought in WWII in the South Pacific.  He was part of the 808 Corps of Engineers and helped build airstrips in Australia and New Guinea.   One particular story I remember is a small group of friends who would play cards every night.  They were heading off in the morning to their posts.  One friend was standing on the side of the work vehicle.  While they were driving, his friend got knocked off the vehicle by the brush and run over by the next vehicle.  They didn’t play cards that night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BigD’s Grandpa Charles also fought in WWII in the European theater.  He told us a story this past weekend that we hadn’t heard before.  He and two of his friends were flying back east before they were deployed.  They asked him to go along to navigate, and he agreed as long as they would drop him off in PA before they went on to Maine.  They did.  Their plane crashed shortly before getting to their destination.  Charles went on to become a Chief Master Sergeant. 

Thank you to all who have served, and all who have lost.

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