Post 429: Me in Greece, December 1970

Perhaps I should clean more often. I found this Polaroid of me checking my light meter, Arriflex 16mm camera mounted on the pod and on my shoulder, ready to film a NATO exercise featuring US Army Green Berets and their Greek counterparts. I’m unaware of any other photos of me at work in my US Army uniform. I see I’d made Spec 4 by then, and would make Spec 5 by the next summer.

I never wanted to be a soldier, so I was very fortunate to be accepted for training as a Mopic photographer, then be stationed from July 1970 through the end of November 1972 in Germany.

I never wanted to be a soldier, so I was very fortunate to be accepted for training as a Mopic photographer, then be stationed from July 1970 through the end of November 1972 in Germany.

There’s one of me in civilian clothes, explaining my Arriflex motion picture camera to a kid at another military event. Somewhere!

Anyway, I take time to show you this so I can put off housecleaning prior to my brother’s arrival. I have made it as far as the dining room-kitchen. I may even have time to wash my breakfast dishes! (Or not…!)

Aw well! I was “prettier” and much thinner 44 years ago. 🙁

Post 428: Seventy years ago today…some thoughts for Americans

Seventy years ago…

Before you criticize, remember the sacrifices that make it possible for you to express your opinions. Love your country, but respect its institutions, its government, and yes, its President even if you don’t like him personally or support a different political party. Before you are Republican, Democrat, Tea Party, Libertarian, or any other party, you are part of the greater “we”, you are an American.

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Today, be proud of what our soldiers did 70 years ago today, reflect quietly on it, and consider what you can do, in a positive way, to make this a country and world worth the sacrifice of thousands from the many Allied countries June 6th, 1944.

“We” won the war. “We” can do anything “we” set our minds to, even vanquish tyrants, but you and I need to come together to become “we”. Remember that the next time you pass on a half truth about a political leader or talk about “our country” meaning “but without you”.

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Remember what happened seventy years ago today. Honor that sacrifice through your actions and words.