Shared by: Frank Vance
People like my Father and all Soldiers make me very proud to be AMERICAN. My wife's father was in the Navy during WWII. My father graduated Glider Pilot flight school from South Plains Air Field. He served in the European Theater. His name was Frank L. Vance III. They have a Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock , Texas at South Plains Air Field that Honors all Gliders Pilots. There was a picture of his 306th Glider Group in the museum, the same picture we have at his house.
My father passed on Dec.30th,2013.He was a WWII Glider Pilot. He was in the Army/Aircorp 9th Corp,442nd Division,306th Troop Carrier Group. He flew CG-4A Gliders and C-47’s in Holland, France, Belgium and Germany. His main mission was Operation Market Garden. Many British and Americans died in that battle. He received the Air Combat Metal for his Service. He was my HERO and my BEST FRIEND. He always said the HERO'S were the ones that gave their lives during the war. He said he was not a HERO. I always thought he and all men like him were HERO'S. I'd like to share a poem I wrote a few weeks after he died. It's called "Soldiers Pain" Thanks, Frank L. Vance IV, Dedicated to Frank L. Vance III and all soldiers:
He is my eternal flame,
Many have come before and after,
but they are all the same
Young boys protecting the world
and always taking the blame.
They didn't ask to be in this
situation, but do their job
because they love their nation.
They never have time to cry
or be afraid, something we
take for granted every day.
I owe a great amount of appreciation
because my father was part of
the Greatest Generation.
There's a place in my heart for all the
families that are mentally and physically
so far apart.
Many lose their life and some
come home to their wife.
The ones that are sane settle
back in society and sustain,
but the ones that gave and
saw pain will never be the same.
If they make it back sane
I think they wonder why we all complain.
So, if you see a soldier
give them a hand shake and
a hug because freedom is
not free and they sacrifice
everything for you and me.
We will never know a
Soldiers Pain because they
risk and give their lives for our gain.
By: Frank L. Vance IV January 2014
PS please share with all Soldiers and Veterans.
found @ 19 likes ON 2018-06-04 20:00:51 BY ME.ME