Nathan's great grandfather (Jido) and his grandfather (my dad) served in the U.S. military - one in the U.S. Navy and the other as a helicopter mechanic for the U.S. Army. I feel that as Americans we can never repay our debt to the men and women and their families that have sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy (something each of us takes for granted). The simple fact that I am afforded the freedom to sit here in the comfort of my home and blog without restrictions and fear of repercussion was, and is, secured by our military. (it's a small example - I know)
A few years back I decided to see what I could find out about Nathan's great grandfather's service during WWII. Here was the email I sent to the NYS Director of Veterans Affairs -"Is there anyway for you to find out what unit my grandfather served in when he was in the Navy? His name is Peter John Corey he would have been from Troy, New York and it would have been during the 1930's or 1940's. He was very young. Joined when he was 14 because he lied about his age on his application. When they found out - they kicked him out! I actually think he was out to sea before they figured it out. Sent him home and he rejoined when he turned of age."
Here is the response I received "Your grandfather was born on 5 October 1929, and his Service Number was 6019926. He was issued a WWII Bonus check for $250 in January of 1948 and it was sent to 725 4th Avenue in Troy. He had a claim file with VA which was destroyed following his death. His death benefits claim was sent to the archives at Clark Summit, PA. We have requested the folder be sent to our office, but that will take about ten days. The folder may have enough in it to give you the information you are looking for, but if not we will have to go to the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis and that will take weeks. Sorry I can't tell you more on this short notice, but this is what we have. I'll let you know when the folder arrives."
I'm still waiting.
If you see a Veteran - thank them. Not just today but any day. These men and women are proud to have served their country - be proud of them too by showing a little appreciation for their sacrifice.