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    On Veteran's Day, I attended a ceremony at the Carolina Field of Honor in Kernersville, NC. The day broke clear and cool with a blustery wind that made all of the flags look starched. The memorial to all who served in all wars was manicured and ready for the veterans many dignitaries who would speak. I noticed a gentleman about my age (70) pushing a very elderly former warrior, wearing his A-2 jacket and crush cap, in a wheelchair/walker:



    I walked over the the former P-51 pilot, introduced myself to him and his son, requested permission to photograph him and he graciously agreed. We talked for a moment and he said, "I tore up the sky over Europe in '44 & '45." Meet former Lieutenant Andy Goebel:



    A few minutes later, an announcement was made that the National Anthem was about to be played. Lt. Goebel grasped the hands of the chair and stood unaided. The centenarian rendered a crisp salute and held it until the Star Spangled Banner was finished.

    Humbling.

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    It's a great honor to look into those eyes........THANKS.......God bless these United States

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    A true patriot. And he flew until he was 92 - awesome!


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    Great photos! Thanks for posting.

    I'm 71 . . . and a retired Army Chaplain. I'm proud of my service but I can't hold a candle to what some of those WWII guys did. They are truly "The Greatest Generation".

    Several years ago I got to fly in a B-17. One of the passengers had been a waist gunner in a B-17 during WWII. He could still climb in and out of the plane!! I hope I am that spry down the road.
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    Great photo and great man. You can still see the determination in the eyes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by millsaps2 View Post
    You can still see the determination in the eyes!
    I thought the same thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shortythorne View Post
    I thought the same thing.
    And yet this current generation's definition of a 'hero' either wears name-brand gym shoes or kneels for anthems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenwald View Post
    And yet this current generation's definition of a 'hero' either wears name-brand gym shoes or kneels for anthems.
    Or rescues folks from Harvey's floodwaters or brings food and water to victims of Marie, or a whole bunch of other things. Even some of our folks in Afganistan and Yemen are seen as heroes. It is a perspective.
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    I suggest we just admire the quality of Mike's photography and respect the man in his pictures as someone who did what he saw as his duty during one of the most trying times of our nation and world. Just imagine what a stud Lt. Goebel was in 1944 when he sat in his Mustang over the skies of Germany.
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    Gentlemen, thank you for the kind comments about my photos of Lt. Goebel. Like many of you, perhaps, I grew up in a neighborhood where most all the dads had served in WWII. Heck, we kids worshiped the ground they walked on and knew they were the greatest generation prior to Tom Brokaw writing his now-classic book.

    Gfspencer, you made the comment, “I'm proud of my service but I can't hold a candle to what some of those WWII guys did.” I know what you mean but indulge me for a moment. Not too long ago, our local chapter of the West Point Society had a dinner and Mr. Joe Galloway was the featured speaker. He co-authored the book We Were Soldiers Once and Young with Lt. General Hal Moore. Mr. Galloway acknowledged Mr. Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation and went on to say the Vietnam vets were the best of their generation. Personally, I believe that of all who served and are serving. Gfspencer, you made a difference. Thank you for your service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikegc View Post
    Gentlemen, thank you for the kind comments about my photos of Lt. Goebel. Like many of you, perhaps, I grew up in a neighborhood where most all the dads had served in WWII. Heck, we kids worshiped the ground they walked on and knew they were the greatest generation prior to Tom Brokaw writing his now-classic book.

    Gfspencer, you made the comment, “I'm proud of my service but I can't hold a candle to what some of those WWII guys did.” I know what you mean but indulge me for a moment. Not too long ago, our local chapter of the West Point Society had a dinner and Mr. Joe Galloway was the featured speaker. He co-authored the book We Were Soldiers Once and Young with Lt. General Hal Moore. Mr. Galloway acknowledged Mr. Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation and went on to say the Vietnam vets were the best of their generation. Personally, I believe that of all who served and are serving. Gfspencer, you made a difference. Thank you for your service.

    Mike
    Well said Mike!

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    As a Army Vet myself, all who have served are heroes in my mind. We served not out of obligation, but to protect our country. I have had the pleasure of meeting several WWII soldiers and pilots due to volunteering at War Bird airshows in Akron/Canton and Cleveland Ohio. Their humble nature of what they did has always amazed me. Even to this day, when I meet a vet (which I do often as a Paramedic) I am reminded of the unwritten code. We honor our fellow soldiers above ourselves.
    Thank you for such a great picture and reminding us all about those who choose stand up, raise their right hand and swear an oath to protect our country.

    Mike

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