Breakfast with the “Fireside Pumpers”

(Posted: May 13, 2011)

Wednesday morning, May 11, was my breakfast with the “Fireside Pumpers.”  What a wonderful group for me to present my book to.  Their attentiveness and kindness shown to me throughout my presentation will not be forgotten.   It was obvious that the interest was there and I felt that everyone in that room shared my sentiments about keeping the memory alive.  It was a very special group in that there were several WWII Veterans in attendance.  What an honor for me to be talking about what I feel is indirectly their story as well as my Father’s!  I’m sure there is at least one small area in the book that applies to all of them at one time or another.  I hope very much that they do sense the sincerity of my mission to keep the memory alive of the sacrifices made to secure our freedom. I mentioned that I’m proud of my Father and of all of those heroes he symbolizes to me; and my wish is that everyone feels the same pride and that we always value our freedom and never forget the price that is paid for it.

I guess I always wish that I had thought of this or that after a presentation and with so many WWII veterans in this group I wished that I would have had them tell about themselves. They are who its all about and there is nothing like hearing the stories from the men who lived them. That is my only regret about the most rewarding morning that I enjoyed with this thoughtful group. I hope in the future that I can meet these WWII Veterans again and learn about them. I may have heard names but if I did I didn’t retain them. I guess things just went too quickly and I didn’t think until afterwards. Perhaps if I am lucky enough to meet and talk to them again, I can learn enough to add their story to “My Heroes.”

I’m grateful to Tom Miller for inviting me. His Father was also a ball turret gunner having flown 35 missions!!! He is amazing being there having just been discharged from the hospital the previous day after knee surgery. I talked to him briefly and it reminded me that I wished that I would have included the gloomy statistics for an air crewman in my talk. The bravery of all these men, who were just young boys when they risked their lives for us is incredible!

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