Agent Orange – Loyalty, Honesty and Honor

Good Morning Tori and Xander,

So glad today is our sudo Friday. Tomorrow I am planning on seeing my Grandfather with your Dad. He and your dad were a lot alike. They both value honor, loyalty, and respect. They both have a belief in defending our country and support their families. To give you an idea the awards awarded to my grandfather included the Silver Star, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with 15 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Service Medal with star, Vietnam Service Medal with three service stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He served at Randolph Air Force Base from July 1966 to 1968 as the operations staff officer in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Training Command.  He then went to Air Ware College and returned to Randolph Air Force Based from September 1977 to February 1979 as director of information at Air Training Command headquarters.

He finished his career as the deputy commander of the Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Canadian Forces Base North Bay, Ontario Canada. He also was the commander of the 4722nd Support Squadron, Tactical Air Command, and the senor Unites States Military officer assigned to Canada when he retired on September 1st, 1988. Through his time in the military he flew over 5,000 hours. Yet the most important thing he did was not what he did in the Airforce but what he did after the Airforce. My grandfather was killed by a substance called Agent Orange. He was recorded in his missions to have been sprayed with the substance on his returns. It caused him to have cancer which he died from. The two of them went to court to ensure that my Grandmother received my Grandfather’s full retirement benefits. My Grandmother and Mother ensured that a precedent was set in the court for similar cases regarding the Department of Defences responsibility in causing the death of my Grandfather due to this substance.

With his two masters degrees from Troy State and Auburn. The service he did for his county was admirable but it was his service to his family and for his military family that reminds me of your dad.  Men like my Grandfather and your Dad are becoming fewer and fewer in this world unfortunately. Men who will make the tough right decisions when no one else is looking. Those who are willing to lose the battle in order to win the War. I want you to know that although you might hear from others how crazy and abusive your father is and was. This simply was not the case. He still holds on to loyalty, honesty and honor. His loyalty to protect the ones he loves from harm. This is the reason why he walked away so the two of you would no longer be used as weapons. He was honest to you in the video he made for the two of you. When your 18 he will be honest with you as well with anything you might ask him. Finally his honor, your dad’s honor is like no other. He respects himself enough to hold true to his beliefs and core values which allows him to be the man and husband he is today. This is why my Grandfather and your dad is my hero this Veterans day.

Hugs,

M

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