Courage of our men and women in the U.S. military

Posted: May 25, 2020 in Uncategorized

Whenever I am faced with what I perceive as an uncomfortable or stressful situation I often think back to “real” situations that are stressful. One of those would be the sacrifices that our men and women of the armed forces have made, many with their brief lives, to preserve security and freedom.

My Great Uncle Teddy Coudriet was 22 years old and was top turret gunner on a liberator bomber.  As described in an article that I read, the turret gunner had a great view but was typically a “sitting duck” from any front attack or ditching effort. Always exposed to gunfire and enemy attack in a clear globe that was fixed to the plane.

His plane was shot down over the North Sea and he and the crew were never found. He had been missing since Jan 4, 1944.

On January 20, 1944, 16 days after Teddy’s death, Teddy’s brother, my great Uncle Don enlisted. Courage and real stress. Enough said.



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