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My Daughter Made A WWII Veteran Cry

She was five years old, just about to turn six and she made a World War II Veteran Cry. She didn’t mean to do it.

In Washington D.C., there is a monument built largely with private funds. It’s not as tall as many of the monuments, it’s not as audacious as those erected for past presidents and founders of our country. It’s really sort of a simple monument, the Monument for WW II Veterans in Washington D.C.,. That’s where it happened.

My Daughter had been on the mall with me and my wife, she played, walked through the congressional hallways and contemplated the height and meaning of the Washington Monument. She still believes in her Nation and her flag. Forgive us for being sentimental–we’re old. That’s her, on a warm day, in little girl clothes, looking up at the tower we built to honor General Washington. Then, we walked to the World War II Monument.

Daddy: is that man a hero?

When we arrived at the Memorial, there were families walking about it. The wind was blowing softly and the day was unusually mild for D.C. Then the bus arrived.

World War II may be unique among wars in which our country has fought. The young men and women who fought it are no more brave or good than the young men and women who fought in any of our wars. But, the scope of the war was unique: the entire world was truly at risk of being run over by a man who believed in the supreme power of the “science” of his day; in Hitler’s twisted mind he—like, Stalin, the man with whom he pad partnered before he betrayed him–read in Eugenics, the great “science” of his time, that there we grades of human beings, some “races” ahead of others. Some “races” of human beings were so far behind, indicated the “science” of Eugenics, that Hitler and Stalin would be doing the world a “favor” by wiping out men and women and children and little babies … even little girls who stare at the sky and see in it possibilities for love and hope and happiness. Mad men are not unique—Saddam Hussein was a mad man, Mao was insane—but the world had allowed a stink-breathed psychopath named Adolph to roll over human beings and, because of appeasement, the risk of his winning half the world was real.

Then our boys and girls got into the battle.

The bus I mentioned unloaded old men, some women, but mostly old men. They leaned on canes, they rode in wheel chairs, a few walked, but they were in the minority. Even in the warm weather they wore coats and hats.

Oh, their hats! They had emblems on their hats: some were ball caps, some were cowboy hats and others were the hats from their old uniforms, taken from drawers or trunks for just this occasion. The emblems on the hats told the stories of people who survived what their brothers and sisters had not, they had the names of battles and units and ships that faced walls filled with machine guns and bombs. They told the stories of fighting tanks in the desert and submarines at sea. That is when my daughter saw one particular man, in a particular wheel chair, who gave my little girl a particular sort of wink—not a purposeful one, an accidental one, a smidgen of joy on his face even as he remembered his fallen friends.

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The old soldier had come to see the monument built to honor not himself, but his brothers and sisters.

WWII monument

My daughter gripped my hand and asked me, “Daddy, is that man in the wheel chair a soldier?” I told her he was. “What is the jewelry on his shirt and hat?” I told her they were medals and what they meant and what he had probably seen and done to rescue the world from pure evil.

“Is he a hero?”

“Why don’t you go ask him?”

She released my hand and walked over to the old soldier—the WWII Veteran—I followed, but not too close. This was her moment with this man, with this history.

“Hi.”

The man smiled at her. “Hello there”, he said.

She pointed at his medals: “my Daddy says you are a soldier.”

The man looked up at me and I smiled. He looked back at my Daughter.

“I was, yes, I was.” He took my Daughter’s hand and patter her head.

“Are you a hero?’

How do you answer that? My dear friends who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan—Bryan, Kelly, Ben, David, Dennis, Mark, Sonia and many more—tell me that they don’t feel heroic, they just did their jobs. But, how do you answer a little girl, her eyes filled with admiration and a sense that you—the old man in the wheel chair—are something more than a guy who did a job?

That’s when he cried and, with all the might he could muster, picked her up and set her on his knee. She touched his ball cap filled with emblems. “Little one”, the man spoke,” I am not a hero, I am just an old soldier … these men …” he sobbed a little and rubbed her back and then looked at her again, “my friends were heroes and soldiers and I came here for them.”

My Daughter looked into this man’s eyes and did something only a little one would ever do. She put her finger inside her sleeve and she wiped the man’s cheeks.

He laughed and I walked over.

She got down and said, “he says he is not a hero, but his friends are.”

What do you say to that? To your little girl with the tears of an old soldier on her bright pink and white sleeve? You know what you don’t do? You don’t ruin the moment snapping pictures, you absorb it into your being.

I looked the old soldier in his green eyes and said, “Honey … that’s what true heroes always say and we just have to tell them thank you.”

The old man nodded and mouthed thank you.

Thank you to everyone who served and to everyone who died serving. We hold you in our prayers. We offer our sleeves, we offer our hearts, we thank you for the safety in which our children will sleep tonight.

 

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144 Responses to My Daughter Made A WWII Veteran Cry

  1. dom May 26, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    I enjoyed that, but I think the part about “science” went overboard and could confuse many people about the truths of science. To the average reader you make it seem as if learning scientific fact is a bad thing. Hitler was NOT scientific. In fact; he developed most of his evilness through his indoctrinations from the church. He even references killing Jews in god’s name; so I’d suggest if you’re going to blame something for Hitler’s rage (nothing should be to blame) it should be indoctrination from family relating to fake prejudiced gods NOT science.

  2. David Peterson May 26, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    What a beautiful story. Treasure the young and old and when they meet. Thank you!

  3. Kevin M. Koop May 26, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Oh WOW! That brought tears to my eyes!

  4. Wanda Pulk Chapala May 26, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    Brought tears to my eyes too. God bless all veterans and their families.

  5. Janell H. Dixon May 26, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    He WAS a hero! You are one, to bring your daughter to learn about these heroes who “do their jobs”, fight and die. And remember. I was fortunate enough to shake the hand of Col. Robert Nett. A living legend. My husband, LTC. John C Dixon, walked among giants and I learned something about heroes.

    • BuzzPo May 26, 2014 at 11:51 am #

      What a nice comment, Janell! Thank you and God bless you and your husband

  6. Bobby May 26, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    As a retired soldier,who went to a war zone, I feel the same way the old man did. I was not a hero, or did anything special, but the ones that gave their lives in the defense of our country are the heroes in our county, and they should be honored more than just once a year.

    • BuzzPo May 26, 2014 at 11:50 am #

      Thank you for your service! Thank you every day!

  7. Jeff Starkey May 26, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

    I feel the same way Bobby! I served in Iraq in ’04-’05. When I tell people and they thank me all I can say is I was just doing my job. I’m no hero by any stretch of the imagination.

    • BuzzPo May 26, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

      Well, none the less, we thank you!

  8. Jackie May 26, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    A few years ago my husband and my sister, her husband and I witnessed something simular at the Tomb of the Unknown Changing of the Guard. A bus full of Honor Flight Veterens arrived during the chagning of the guard. We had lost our father a few years prior. He was a veteran and was scheduled to visit there with Honoir Flight the year he passed. Those men and women were all heroes. My sister hugged every one of them that we could get to while sobbing.

    • BuzzPo May 26, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

      Wow, Jackie. Now you made us cry. What a terrific memory! Thank you and God rest your Father’s soul until you meet again.

  9. Dale May 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    My Dad earned a bronze star in WW11 and I never heard it mentioned until after his death. The little he said centered on those that didn’t make it home.

    • BuzzPo May 26, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

      That is because your Dad was a real man who did what he had to, came home, and did what real men do. God bless he and you!

  10. Zaldy May 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    This brought tears to my eyes. I’m only 17, so I haven’t served yet, but I’m planning on joining the Navy to serve my fellow Americans.

    • BuzzPo May 26, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

      Wow, Zaldy. Thanks! God keep you!

  11. Will Davis May 26, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    As a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom 03-04 stories like this get to me. My son is proud of my service and what I did. He always tells his friends that his dad is a soldier and that I am a war hero. I tell him the same thing that the WWII hero told your daughter and that is I am not a hero. My friends and others who gave their lives for this country are the true hero’s. I lost many friends there in that country and they are the ones that are the hero’s to this country. My brothers are the hero’s not me. My uncle who was special forces and a Ranger is my hero and who I wanted to be like. This is a beautiful story and one that brings tears to my eyes. Thank you for helping teach your daughter about the people that pay the ultimate sacrifice for this beautiful country.

  12. David May 26, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    dom…if you knew your Hitler history..he believed so strongly in evolution and the occult that he attempted to make Darwins Theories come true by murdering everyone that wasn’t up to his lunatic standards. He murdered Jews, Blacks, Christians, Russians and many others in order to create his Master Race. If our Creator is a fake as you say, then we are all waiting to hear you explain how plants, animals, stars, solar systems, you and me…and everything else seen and unseenl came into existence…waiting for your reply.

  13. Michael D Keith May 26, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    Actually Hitler and his minions believed in the science of eugenics they based their purges on it. They may have tried to wrap the church around it, but they failed miserably. Do not attribute the malice of individuals to the church. For the most part the church spent their efforts trying to protect and smuggle individuals out of harms way. Put aside your prejudices and actually research what happened, and then make an intelligent statement.

    • BuzzPo May 26, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

      Anyone who claims Hitler was any friend of any Christian Church—or, for that matter, Jewish, Buddhist or whatever faith—is sadly misinformed or lying. Hitler bided his time and waited to destroy the Lutheran churches (predominant in Germany). First, he invented “German Christianity” which nationalized the churches, changed the images of Jesus Christ into a Nietzschean superman and installed the Swastika and his own photo in the churches, above the Holy Cross. Then, he went about having the sermons edited. Few priest rebelled, the bravest among them was Boenhoffer. This is easily accessible history and there is no excuse for ignoring it.

  14. Becky May 26, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    Thank you to all that gave their lives so that we may be free. I pray that we as a nation never take for granted their sacrifices. May their families and friends have comfort until they are reunited. To all that have served, are serving now, will in the future, and those that have been lost in the name of freedom may they never be forgotten.

  15. Utah Bob May 26, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    De Oppresso Liber!

  16. masked blogger May 26, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    What a beautiful story. Children breathe so much happiness and life into the world. They truly touch our hearts and souls with their innocence and wonder. I’m sure this man will forever remember this day he met her.

  17. masked blogger May 26, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    Dom, maybe if you’d just respond to the feelings of the story and not try to push your atheist belief system we wouldn’t think you were such an unhappy individual who has to use this heartwarming story as a soap box for a belief system only embraced by approximately 3-5% of our population while approximately 73% actually believes in God, who by the way isn’t fake, but real. Why don’t you go join up with an atheist group and share your sorry rhetoric with them?

  18. Towerclimber37 May 26, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    Soldiers will always be thus. Even in a wheelchair, with canes or walkers. Age doesn’t define a soldier. it never has.
    To the old soldiers, I can only express a thank you. the tactics you developed in blood and fire were taught to me. they saved your children, your countrymen, your brothers.
    They saved me.
    The war you won, saved humanity.

    What then, shall we do to repay that debt?
    All that we can do is honor you and invest our treasure, freedom and blood in what you so fully believed in.
    Sic semper tyrannis

    • BuzzPo May 26, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

      A beautiful note, thank you!

  19. Joyce May 26, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    I pray for our heroes each day. Maybe one day we will have peace on earth. Meanwhile, we need to thank all those who have given us our freedom.

  20. Phil May 26, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    Well said David and God bless all veterans and their families both home and abroad.

  21. Connie LeHeup May 26, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    There are always some people who just need to be quiet. I thought it was a very sweet story. One that we need to hear more of. Not be so picky picky…..

  22. Rob May 26, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

    Dom no offense you clearly need to reread the article. The author speaks of the “science” of the time . Specifically “eugenics” and how stalin and hitler used it as additional reasoning that certain races are superior to others. The author is not suggesting that this is fact just otherwise providing information as to what beliefs may have been prominent or surging at the time. This shouldn’t be an argument of science and or religion and who is to blame. Love the story for what it is. Childhood innocence at its finest

  23. Dick Little May 26, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

    As a vet myself Thank You Towerclimer37. And I’m proud of this little girls Dad for letting her share that moment. “God bless little children while they are still to young to hate.”

  24. dominic May 26, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    i enjoyed the story but im not sure how much poetic licence was used in its telling .. and as for the eugenics part i would have simply stated that it the world sat on the brink and the entire world was at war

    • BuzzPo May 26, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

      The story is all true as near as I can remember. Thanks for your note.

  25. Char May 26, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

    Rob, Thank you for your comments. And, yes, by looking at the story for what it is and the innocence of the child, one can truly be thankful for what we have, and pray that our freedoms will forever remain. Our country is in the hands of these heroes.

  26. Ryan May 26, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    He uses science in quotations to point out that it was obviously flawed science (the “science” of eugenics). I also believe this makes a good point in showing how the finger is often pointed at “religion” to being the champion of corruption, when any institution can harbor it (i.e. “science” AND “religion” was used to justify the “master race”).

  27. Guen May 26, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

    My comment was towards another persons comment not the author I thought when you press reply to someone’s comment it went underneath their comment please don’t take my comment as an attack against the author I loved this story just not the person who commented about hurler and science and blaming the church that is the person I was commenting towards sorry

  28. Jim May 27, 2014 at 1:11 am #

    Relax, Francis.

  29. Lisa May 27, 2014 at 3:43 am #

    Jeff anyone who sacrifices their life for another is a true hero. Thank you for your sacrifice of service

  30. Tonya May 27, 2014 at 3:49 am #

    So sweet, it’s a shame more people don’t teach their children (our children, our future) more about our past and present. The only thing I would change is when it’s said that these men and women “was” a hero it should be they “are” heros.

  31. Dillon Maki May 27, 2014 at 4:05 am #

    Hah I love stories of children respecting our soldiers/heroes… Unfortuentley much of our govt (people like Obama) could care less…

  32. Randy Jessup May 27, 2014 at 4:20 am #

    Dom Hitler learned what he learned from what ever demons he learned them from but it is a known fact he studied and espoused Darwin’s teachings and used eugenics to justify the murder of religious people. You can bemoan religion if it makes you feel good but one day you may find that you have been mistaken and when you do it will be too late to do more than weep. Prayers.

  33. Robert Lee Louviere May 27, 2014 at 4:36 am #

    I have to disagree. He referred to God to help his justification.
    He was heavily interested in pseudo science. Alchemy, eugenics, astrology, and so on.

    Today we can screen for unwanted traits and choose to terminate a child’s life before they are born. The modern Hitler, no?

  34. Ray Webb May 27, 2014 at 6:35 am #

    Now the internet is going to crash due to everybody crying on computers.

  35. Audrey Archer May 27, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    Bobby, we agree. We explained to our 7 year old granddaughter what Memorial Day was… and she said, “Every day should be Memorial Day.”

  36. Patsy May 27, 2014 at 7:09 am #

    Dale my father also received 2 bronze medals while in Vietnam and I never heard a word from my father about this the first time I heard about this was after my father passed and I read his obit in the newspaper. To me those also are true heroes! God Bless all the veterans and soldiers

  37. BuzzPo May 27, 2014 at 7:10 am #

    Thanks, Dom. Hitler was certainly not scientific, nor is Eugenics real science. The point of mentioning it was to remind people that evil dictators have used so called science to justify themselves on more than one occasion. You will recall the “science” of torturing people in prison camps to learn when they froze to death, as but one example. Hitler spoke of God, but he took over the churches, changed the mass and had his picture and the Swastika placed above the cross and changed Jesus Christ from a God made flesh as a Jewish carpenter into a Nietzchian superman.

  38. Mandi May 27, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    http://hnn.us/article/1796
    Here’s the history of the science of eugenics.

    And here’s a great article on Hitler’s religious beliefs.
    http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1699/was-hitler-a-christian

    Please read both in their entirety.

    • BuzzPo May 27, 2014 at 10:02 am #

      Hitler was not a Christian, there is no point in reading anything that says he was.

  39. Jos May 27, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    I was in Washington D.C. For a fisheries meeting. After I walked to the Vietnam memorial and asked the attendant where on the wall two of my best childhood friends that died in combat were listed. She told me any explained where to look. I went there and there were others looking for there loved ones. When I found Bubbles name and date it was about eye height. I tried to copy his name on a piece of paper like others were doing, but the tears flowed so fast I couldn’t see clearly . Some one asked if I needed help and they would make the copy for me. And then asked if there was anyone else they could copy for me, I told them about Billy they found his name and copied it for me. I was shaking and crying all the time. I don’t know who they were but I thank then again as tears fall as hard as they were then. God bless all the hero’s that did not make it home.

  40. Ray May 27, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    I always tell my wife that stories like this one make my computer screen look blurry. Haha What a true hero men and women like this are! They are truly a treasure!

  41. Kay May 27, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    Dom, many scientific discoveries were made by Hitler’s hand via the Nazi scientists. Science was absolutely part of Hitler’s regime. That being said, let’s just enjoy the story’s point & not ruin it by nitpicking :)

  42. Nan May 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

    Hitler was a lapsed Catholic who persecuted the Church once he was in power? Why? Same reason the Church is persecuted today; she speaks truth and speaks on morality.

  43. Megan May 27, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    My 89 year old grandfather just returned from an Honor Flight where they flew with about 20 other WWII veterans from the Rocky Mountain Region. This program is bringing as many able veterans back to see this monument. Wether it was his group or not, I feel the answer would be the same. These veterans are heroes and so incredibly emotional to have the opportunity to see these sights and feel the love from strangers all over the country and world.

  44. Oscar Wilkinson May 27, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

    I’m a Veteran of the Post Viet Nam Era ’76, I pray that All Veterans get treated better than a lot of us did when returning home,it was not a good feeling during that time to be looked down on when you were just doing your Patriotic Duty.

    • BuzzPo May 27, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

      Hello, Ocsar! Welcome home, neighbor. God bless you and thank you for going where others would not. We owe you one … well, we owe you many. Thanks for your note, we hear you!

  45. Kathy h May 27, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    My grandfather was a wounded warrior of WWI, my dad a veteran of the Korean “conflict”. One wounded physically, one wounded emotionally. Both heros for serving our country for each of us! This story was heart-warming; living outside of DC I get the chance to interact with heros regularly. They may have no physical medals, only those that society owes them! We owe ALL of our veterans so much more than we can, and do, repay them.

  46. Jacob Deubner May 27, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

    Actually this was considered science at the time and was accepted by the scientific community through out the world. Many countries practiced it through the 1970’s just not on the same scale. Besides Hitler was not a religious man and did nothing in the name of god. As for the posting the author put the word science in quotation marks to show that he did not believe that it was.

    • BuzzPo May 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

      Eugenics is not science, science is a process, Eugenics was—and is—a theory that has been largely dismissed. The quote marks indicate that fact, while also referencing this era’s misleading assertions that a pet theory—global warming or random mutation based species creation to name a few are, in and of themselves, science. It is the game of demagogues through out history to pronounce their violence or tyranny as being rooted in “science.”

  47. Brennan Lawrence May 27, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    He means “Science” as in Hitler’s fake science that he was using as justification for his actions. He wasn’t attacking real science, but I guess atheist never miss a chance to proselytize against God.

  48. Loianne May 28, 2014 at 4:07 am #

    God Bless you. He has already given thus to all who give their lives for others .

  49. zach May 28, 2014 at 6:00 am #

    Unsung hero

  50. Dale Wood May 28, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    Dom, You have a bias on some perceived distortion of God. My mother lived in Germany under Hitler’s realm. It was not his differences in church, but distortions in his families lineage that caused him to come up with his theories, which he then tried to have science bend to his wishes

  51. Jim Volmert May 28, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    Wow! As a Vietnam Veteran I say thank you to my daughter Dawn for sharing this with her Dad. It brought a tear or two to my eyes!

    • BuzzPo May 28, 2014 at 8:20 am #

      Jim – Welcome home, good neighbor, and thanks for protecting us. We are glad you liked the piece, it has gotten an amazing response.

  52. Jacob Deubner May 28, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    In the 20’s, 30’s etc it was considered a branch of science by parts of the scientific community. It has since been debunked.

  53. Maddie Davis May 28, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    Thank you for telling this! And indeed all of our military are heroes.

  54. Dave May 28, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    Hitler actually wasn’t a Christian. He believed Christianity was a religion for slaves and timid people, and it wasn’t an ideal religion that suited his plans for conquest. Hitler’s anti-everything beliefs stemmed from himself.

  55. Amanda May 28, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    You totally missed the point of this story, and I’m sad for you.

  56. Walker May 28, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    <<>>

    Since when was Stalin supposedly interested in eugenics? Stalin killed his own people more than anyone else and did not act in the name of eugenics whatsoever. He was an international Marxist and had been a cold blooded killer since his youth. And where was it ever mentioned by Hitler or in National Socialist speeches or literature that they sought to wipe out entire races based on the principle of eugenics? And the Holocaust would not be an example of this either as the Nazi policy against Jews was specific to one people and was steeped in political, religious, and historical conflicts. And I love the argument that “because of appeasement, the risk of his winning half the world was real.” This is simplistic regurgitation of popular narratives regarding WWII but is rather hollow when critically analyzed.

    As a conservative myself, this kind of simplistic and emotion laden drivel from fellow conservatives drives me up a tree. Stink-breathed psychopath? Give me a damn break. “Appeasement” isn’t what caused WWII or Hitler’s control of continental Europe, and this is just another example of how popular WWII narratives are used to promote American interventionism all over the world to this day. In fact, the opposite of “appeasement” is precisely what resulted in the overrunning of Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France, not appeasement. And that fact is demonstrable.

    And disregarding the real factors that contributed to the outbreak of WWII by simply labeling Hitler a “psychopath” or “mad man” does a tremendous disservice to the understanding of and future prevention of great human tragedies like the Second World War. Hitler was far from a psychopath. He was an ideologue undoubtedly but he was completely sane and his thinking firmly rooted in reason. To indicate otherwise is disingenuous, simplistic, or flat out deceitful.

  57. Jacob Deubner May 28, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    Eugenics is the belief and practice of improving the genetic quality of the human population. according to websters dictionary Eugenics is a science that deals with the improvement (as by control of human mating) of hereditary qualities of a race or breed which is what he preached when he talked about the Aryan race. this was also the basis for many of the Nazi ideals and political procedures. For instance the Nazi party was very interested public health and family life which is why the came out with pamphlets that told “Aryan” people how and who to marry, who to have children with and what members of society should be out cast based on their ethnic background, physical and mental disabilities. All of which according to the definition is part of eugenics.

  58. Liz May 28, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    Love the story, very touching, our children can definitely remind us to take things as they are, don’t over think it. Also all past, present, and future service men and women Thank You!!!!!!!! No matter what you may think you are all heros in my book. I have the utmost respect for someone willing to give their life for my freedom. I have a long line of honorable heros in my family. Many Awards, purple hearts and so fourth, I’m am extremely proud to come from such great blood lines. I thank you all for your service, my continued freedom, and my child’s freedom. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART! YOU ARE ALL THE TRUE DEFINITION OF HERO!!!!!!!!

  59. Stephaney May 28, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

    Every soldier is a hero to me including my son and his wife. They have willing and knowingly put themselves in a position that may cost them their lives to protect our nation and all it stands for and all Americans! Something I have never done.
    To those who lost their friends and brothers, the fallen are THEIR HEROS because they gave their lives for the very same reason.
    They all went to do a job. They all paid a price to do that. Some paid all.
    And to quote you:
    “Thank you to everyone who served (past and present) and to everyone who died serving. We hold you in our prayers. We offer our hearts, we thank you for the safety in which our children will sleep tonight.”

    And I thank their families too. Their sacrifice is also your sacrifice. God Bless and keep you all

  60. Jane Cradic May 29, 2014 at 5:20 am #

    I don’t think you can blame Science or Religion for the twisted actions of a cruel and insane man. Extremism is extreme. Insanity is insane, This has nothing to do with science or religion. The people in power at that time were falsely using the term “science” to justify their actions, they brought the name of God into this to try to convince people that what they were doing was right. This was the highest form of evil. Science and religion are not enemies. Evil is the thing we must fight against. Ignorance and prejudice are what feed that evil. If you don’t share someone’s belief, fine. Respect them anyway and walk your own path of goodness, whatever form that takes.
    The point of this posting was about honoring a person who is a hero and sacrificed much for his country and still is too humble to accept credit for it. Many veterans feel this way. Honor them, respect them, thank them, and try not to imagine that this man was trying to make science out to be evil. That is not what he was saying. Many evils have been committed in the name of God and science. We just have to do our utmost to ensure that no more atrocities are committed in the name of either.

  61. ICE May 29, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    Me too!

  62. sherri May 29, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    You are a hero! Anyone who goes to war to protect me and my families freedoms is a hero in my book! I am glad you made it home safely. God bless you

  63. CA May 29, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    Dom, you obviously missed the whole point of the encounter. Quit being so critical and embrace the compassion of the young girl and her father and the sacrifice of the soldiers.

  64. Paul byington May 29, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    To ALL of our heros who served that we may have our freedoms, GOD bless you, thank you so much!!!!!!

  65. Bernadette Crumb May 30, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    Reading this made me tear up. I’ve heard the soldier’s words to that little girl repeated to me over the last two years by the WWII veterans with whom I spend time each month at a local veteran’s breakfast. And in my heart, I feel the same thing as the father told his daughter about “that’s what true heroes always say and we just have to tell them thank you.”

    So to ALL of the heroes, living and dead, THANK YOU!

  66. storhertugen May 31, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    Why “races”? The thing about Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin (no “p” in Adolf) is new to me, was Stalin into eugenics? Hardly.

    I am afraid that “races” exist, but WW2 was not a war about “races”, even if some countries like the USA thought it was, as the US locked up thousands of Americans of Japanese ancestry.

  67. Jerome June 1, 2014 at 4:57 am #

    There isnothing left to say.

  68. Marie Frisbie June 1, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    Amen

  69. Irene June 4, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    My Father was in the Army Air Corps during WWII, and he was shot down over Italy, captured, and was in a POW camp. Life was never the same for him and at 90 years old, he still experiences nightmares of that time of his life. He IS my hero and will always be my hero. I won’t go into any of the stories that he shared, but he had many more that he wouldn’t share. The old man in the story is just like my Father.

  70. Richard K Harter June 4, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    God is Real whether you choose to believe in him or not is your choice. Hitler’s beliefs were an odd admixture of Pagan beliefs, belief in the superiority of the German Race though he himself was of the hated Jewish race his eugenics practices were a copy of an American program founded in Indiana but he in his hatred of Jews, gypsies,the handicapped, used the language of the Catholic church to pervert the hearts and minds of the average Germans. You sir are using flawed atheistic logic to justify your hatred of all things christian.

  71. Steve Tyson June 5, 2014 at 4:14 am #

    i agree the part about science could have been put a little better like your comment trying to blame what he learn in church odd thing is there is a very long list of things invented that was thought up by the scientist working under hitler funny thing is i dont ever hear the church telling people to create the pure master race or a perfect soldier who can be shoot and killed and still get up and fight but hitler had people working on that there is videos of scientist working under hitler trying just that they got to the point of makeing dead snakes move around useing electric signals that was then how far do you think it has gone now ? we do have better tec and a better understanding of how the brain works hmm all science so wake up the blame is not just faith or science its both being twisted by a mad man bent on ruleing the world look at whats going on with the world today i say there is still a lot of hitler wanabees trying the same thing now ;)

  72. JustMy2 June 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    http://hnn.us/article/1796 <— Just so you are aware who the "demon" was that gave the idea of eugenics to the world… As for religious argument, why does this have any bearing on the conversation at hand? God is not so weak he needs your defense… and he would certainly frown on the "grave-dancing" evident in your statements.

  73. Joey Johnson June 7, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    I assume you dont know much about Hitler. Let me fill you in. Hitler believed in survival of the fittest, derived from Darwin’s book. Which of many of his ideas came from. The fact that he corrupted the word of the Bible and Catholic Church doesn’t mean its justified in that. Most of his philosophy is based on science. Evident through all of the scientific test/torture on Concentration camp workers.

  74. Larry Ralston June 13, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    God bless all Veterans. I am also a post war Veteran. I did not go to war as there were none in the early 80’s. I was prepared and willing to defend this great country but fortunately the need did not arise. Thank God for EVERY war Veteran and thank you from me to you. Thank you for defending our country, our freedoms and for giving us the best country to live in. Nothing or no one can ever pa the debt owed to you.

  75. JOHNNY June 14, 2014 at 6:22 am #

    I for one can not go there by myself its too overwhelming and the waste is horrible. I look at the names and remember myself as an 18 year old soldier and the state of the world at that time, I feel as if I knew each of these personally and yes sometimes we do feel guilty for still being alive. But Thank God for being alive

  76. Irene June 14, 2014 at 7:21 am #

    Thank you for your service, Larry. Although you did not see any action, you were willing and able.

  77. Marc June 14, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    dom you need to do some research on this you’re going to be disappointed though. Do a search on Eugenics and get back to me.

  78. John Wilch (TSgt, USAF Ret.) June 14, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    As I read the article the tears started flowing. Tell that little Angel thank you from this beat up old Combat Vet and may the Great Spirit watch over her and guide her steps for all eternity.

    US Combat Veteran: Vietnam, ’68-’69; Door gunner, 228th Avn. Bn. (ASH), 1st Cav. Div. (AM) and former Armored Cavalry Scout (19D30) and damned proud to have served and would do it again if this wonderful country and its people ever needed me because my oath of enlistment does not have an expiration date. (However, not under BHO and his Socialist Regime.) Enlisted into the Army Dec. 20, ’63 and retired from the Id. Air National Guard Apr. 1, ’92 as an E-6.

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  79. pam June 15, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    wow out of the mouths of babies :) what a wonderful story and again thank you to all our men and women who serve

  80. Samuel June 19, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    This site has an agenda. I feel that this article was more or less a platform to try and push that “science” bit you’re talking about. Sure, it’s “supporting our troops”, but that’s the point. If you put your own nonsense in an article like this, it makes people sympathize with the good while overlooking the bigoted undertones. Don’t trust this site, plain and simple. When you try and skew something like this into a political statement (and trust me, this is trying to do just that), you bastardize the point you’re trying to make. Very, very poor journalism.

  81. Judy Rivers June 28, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    I do graphics for a whole lot of old people, there are like 7 communities that I look after from afar. I always try to make their news etc as happy & beautiful as I can, I so admire my parents’ generation, we’re losing a lot losing them. With your permission of course, I would love to share this story with them There are I think about 40 veterans, too. That is such a wonderful story, your daughter (or the veteran) will never ever forget. God bless all of you!

  82. Judy Rivers June 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    What is wrong with you??!!! Here in America, our military and veterans are honorable and wonderful….yes Adolph, Lenin & Stalin were evil, and our WWII veterans stood with courage and honor and stopped that evil. There is no agenda to that…it used to be that good was good, evil is evil. Bigoted? What in heavens name was bigoted? It was the beautiful story of a little girl and an old man who was a hero. I thought the story was wonderful, I am sorry you seem to be having a bad day.

  83. Denise June 29, 2014 at 3:58 am #

    This brought tears to my eyes. I always sign ‘thank you’ to any veteran I see, young or old. Touching, and honoring. Do we have to be old to understand and honor these men and women? I have a son, a daughter and son-in-law and so many friends who have or are serving. It’s very humbling. Thank you for teaching your daughter about honor, courage, sacrifice and commitment to something bigger than herself.

  84. MaryRose Martineau June 29, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    I read all re VETERANS, but never have I been so touched as with this article. My granddaughter now serving in Afghanistan just sent it to me. Thank you, LauraKate, and thank you for serving our country, you and so many others.

  85. Donna June 29, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    Brought back memories of when I took my dad to visit the memorial. He was in WWII and when he saw the wall of stars he cried for those who lost their life’s. One of his friends is buried at Normandy! My dad also said he wasn’t a hero, but I consider him one. He’s no longer with us, but left a legacy by the life he lived.

  86. eldine myers June 29, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    I’m proud of all our soldiers ; if they die are came home without aleg are arm .THEY ARE MY HERO FOR VERY.I’M PROUD OF YOU”LL.

  87. Mike Morgan June 29, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    I am an Englishman living in London .
    I remember with gratitude all of the young men who came to help but never got home .
    Memorials to WW2 Americans are found in many parts of the UK , you may like to know that they are well tended and visited by others who , like me , remember their friendliness and generosity . I knew many at the local US Army base , but one day in 1944 they were all gone . No more free chewing gum , no more candies , no cheery waves from the Deuce-and-a-half full of soldiers .
    Selfish ? I was only 8 so did not—could not , understand the enormity of death , even though it was all round me in the blitz .
    Only as I grew older did I realise the sacrifice .
    As a British Serviceman , I had the honour to serve alongside American Servicemen , but after WW2
    They were still generous , still ready to make that sacrifice .
    God Bless America

  88. Jensee June 29, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    God isn’t prejudiced. The scriptures clearly state this. He’s not against any human, race or nationality. Only the false religions of man have created such things.

  89. bpgagirl22vanow June 29, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

    My father’s family had 2 perish on the USS Arizona. RIP to all our brave and valiant Soldiers. RIP Daddy, Semper Fi, Korea, Okinawa, Philippines.

  90. Derek Godfrey June 29, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    Nostalgia. Brought back fond memories of my own father who served with the Royal Air Force and saw action against the Japanese in Burma and Indonesia.

  91. Lev Bobylev June 29, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Well it is good story my friends but my strong advise don’t make parallels between Hitler and Stalin! The first one have nazzy ideology and as you mention eugenics that have been practiced in USA early on…

    Stalin lead multicultural country with 15 countries as member former USSR – this was a biggest attempt to build a communism and in that days,
    our ideology and faith was in equality and brotherhood of all peoples and nations.
    Thats my friend is an opposite ideology to nazzy regime that almost swallows whall Europe and take huge step on our Motherland.

    In those days USSR was almost alone in fighting back this world enemy, only after turning point when Soviet Union stop the German armada and slowly push it back – America become our ally!
    Indeed that was a great but very painful days and devastated Europe and our land still remember our Heroes!
    So Please be accurate and don’t insult our memory and memory of our Grandfathers! Peace!

  92. Corri June 30, 2014 at 5:19 am #

    Thank you for sharing. I truly enjoyed reading this!! :)

  93. Mike Morgan June 30, 2014 at 7:57 am #

    So what made my contribution unacceptable ?

  94. Anthony D Tavernia Sr. June 30, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    I am a Vietnam vet and I cried reading something that AMERICANS FORGOT. Thank you

  95. Melody Wilson June 30, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    Dorn, this level of evil is not from a church or denomination or scripture – it is a perversion of all of the above. Hitler is proof-positive of evil/satan’s existence.

  96. Donna June 30, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    My dad served on the USS Allen and was in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed. All of my brothers served in the Navy, one of whom–like our dad–served for 20 years. My husband served with the Marines in Vietnam, and now I am proud to say that my 20 year old daughter in now a sailor in the Navy. They are all heroes to me, as are all who have served, and are serving, to keep this country free. God bless all of them.

  97. Steve-o June 30, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    This is a very heart-warming and beautiful story. BUT–
    This is the part where the person who posted this comes in…
    PLEASE learn how to type in decent English grammar and spelling or have someone who knows how to, do so.
    It diminishes the story and lowers the respectability of the person who wrote it!

    • BuzzPo June 30, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

      Go away and never return. I mean it. Leave the site.

  98. vfwmowebcom June 30, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    Made this old mans eyes well up with tears.

  99. Teresa June 30, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    Because it is in quotations marks it is meant to suggest that it is in fact not science.

  100. William Helm July 1, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    This was a very touching story that really moved me. Every military man and woman who has served out country deserves our admiration, love and respect. Those who gave their lives, deserve even more so. The blessing that belong to them, they may not be able to receive, but those who knew them best were the ones who served with them. They are the ones who stand in their place and receive the reward of a little girl, who reaches out and touches their hearts in a way none of the rest of us can.

  101. Jo Waldron July 1, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

    And yet every Veteran has to continue the fight on home soil to secure the benefits….that have already been earned. Where is the compassion America? Where is the revolution that touts how incredibly wrong this situation is? Senator Bob Dole was the force behind creating this momument…and for good reason. The man is extraordinary in all that he does. This momument speaks to this. Come on people—lets change the force of humanity! Jo Waldron, Disabled American for the Nation, selected by President Ronald Reagan

  102. Deana J. Shaffer July 2, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    My Uncle, Donald Dunham, served in Korea. I asked him once if he felt like a hero, even though a lot of people consider Korea a “Forgotten War.” He looked me straight in the eye and said, “No. The ones who lost their lives were. Me, I was just doing what I was told to do. That was my job.”

    Personally, I consider ANY soldier, who fought in ANY war, a hero. To any and all veterans who may read this THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND GOD BLESS

  103. Judy Woods July 2, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

    We also thank them, the hero’s, with our tears. Which come straight from the heart. I thank all of those men and women that served, in all wars or “police actions” although no tickets were given. God Bless all of you.

  104. Stefani July 2, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    As a veteran of 23 years and a mother, this story brought me to my knees and I just wept. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the true spirit of a soldier captured so perfectly. You used the phrase in another context but wearing the uniform and all that it means is something that is “absorbed into your being”. It isn’t the money or the accolades, it starts for some as a sense of duty but becomes a kinship, respect and admiration that I cannot adequately describe, for those that you serve with, as well as those whose footsteps you followed in and those who carry on after we are gone. Thank you.

    • BuzzPo July 2, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

      No, thank YOU! I am honored that you liked the article. We thank you for serving.

  105. Michele Rossi July 3, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    Could you say more? I don’t understand– you are saying this particular site has a slant to it? Do you think the story is made up?

  106. Freddy July 6, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

    You seem to be one sided in your argument! He did push science as a way of making a super soldier! I suggest you read history!

  107. Freddy July 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    You seem to forget about the Stalin hitler pack! Also about the genicide committed on the Ukrainians and any other poor person in that butcher Stalins way! Maybe in a large way you as a country deserved what you got for not stopping such a evil evil man!

  108. Jay July 7, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    I am fortunate to witness moments like this almost every Saturday. Meeting men and women who were part of the history I read about in books and saw in movies. It is very humbling to hear these hero’s tell their stories. They were doing their duty….serving their country. Saving the free world never crossed their minds! So humble and down to Earth….every one of them. I would encourage you to include the meglomaniacs on the Pacific Theater of Operations in you blog. Yes, Hitler was pure Evil. However, no less evil than those that attacked us without a declaration of war and committed scores of atrocities against other races they considered inferior. The Japanese. Half those Vets you saw fought in the PTO against Hirohito and his forces. Some were tortured POW’s by the Japanese. It is a good article and I enjoyed it. I just wish it wasn’t focused on Hitler and Stalin…who was an Allie.

  109. Les July 7, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    Thank you for sharing.

  110. MJCVRX July 15, 2014 at 10:56 pm #

    who wrote this

  111. P-G Matuszak July 16, 2014 at 3:07 am #

    Bobby, you nailed how most of us feel. Those who beg for special recognition, such as BSM license plates, are usually those trying to justify something.

    I’m proud of my service. I am proud of all I did during my combat tours. I know I did right and did good. It was my job to do so, and others depended upon it, as I depended on others doing theirs.

    My DD214 speaks for itself. It’s public record (mostly). Anybody that interested can request a copy from the DoD and/or VA.

    However, I did see real heroes. Some were close friends who are no longer among the living.

    Keep strong, brother.

  112. P-G Matuszak July 16, 2014 at 3:11 am #

    Todd, thanks for writing and sharing this amazing story.

  113. Cathybama July 17, 2014 at 12:47 am #

    Thank you, BuzzPo for pointing out those facts! Hitler was indeed never a Christian by any stretch of the imagination, and in fact, drew many of his conclusions based on the occult and even mediums.

  114. Cathybama July 17, 2014 at 1:06 am #

    This article touched my heart very deeply! My Father was a Veteran of WWII (in the Navy), Korea, and Vietnam (both in the Army). He spent a total of 30 years in the Military. He took my Family and I to Washington, D.C. to see the Memorials erected there for Veterans, of whom I have the utmost respect. My Father was MY Hero, and yet in his eyes, he was not one. Never once did he tell us anything that occurred during his times in combat. I often wondered why he never did, and thought maybe it was due to the horrible things he had to witness, or perhaps because of the many friends he had lost. Either way, I loved him for being one of the reasons I could sleep safely and well every night, and for fighting to keep our Nation free from tyranny in every form. So, thank you to ALL Veterans, both living and dead, who are and will always remain MY HEROES!

  115. Stephan Vladimir Bugaj July 31, 2014 at 6:56 am #

    Agreed, Dom. The Nazi anti-church group sought to create a new state religion, they were not scientific atheists. That’s well documented history. So is the fact that Stalin trained to be a priest. Their prejudices were not based on science, they were traditional tribal and interdenominational hatreds hidden behind a scientific veneer. And do also note that eugenics was rejected my many scientists even in its heyday (it was also practiced by many Western scientists in its heyday, who used it as an excuse for policies depriving non-whites and even “lesser” whites of many roles in society — also well documented history).

    So you’ve polluted an otherwise beautiful story with anti-science ignorance. Too bad.

  116. Natetendo83 August 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    I would leave both religion and science out of it. To be fair, the author put science in quotations because Hitler was so deluded that he believed what he believed to be scientific fact.

    Religion and science had little to nothing to do with Hilter, the man was just insane and disturbed and it should be left at that.

  117. The Redneck August 6, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    “In fact; he developed most of his evilness through his indoctrinations from the church”

    Here in the real world, Hitler tried to destroy the church.

    I’d ask you to base your petty hatreds on facts…. but if you did that, you wouldn’t have petty hatreds. Give it a try anyway.

  118. brandie August 8, 2014 at 4:55 am #

    It was a wonderful story!! Made me tear up a little.. It is so true some vets refuse to except that they too are heroes.. You don’t have to die in War to be a hero to the Americans at home… God bless all war vets!! And thank you for keeping our home safe…

  119. Michael Superczynski August 8, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    Did you not notice that science is in quotes? That means it isn’t real science.

  120. Michael Superczynski August 8, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    Great story! Thanks to all members of the military for their service in the past, present and future!

  121. rboow August 17, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

    That was a very sweet story, something needed right now with all the bad stories we’re hearing. My grandfather was a WWII Vet, but refused to talk about it with anyone. My brother was in Iraq 4 times and now he’s in Afghanastan. Thank you Buzz Pro and everyone else that told Don that Hitlers reign of terror had nothing to do with Christians or any other kind of religion.

  122. *lb August 19, 2014 at 5:04 am #

    There is good science and bad science – the author merely pointed out that eugenics was bad “science”.

    Funny, last time i checked no church i know of believed in the “science” of eugenics …. which has it’s roots in Darwinism and birthed the religion of evolution.

  123. Peter Reid August 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

    Actually it is both… He made a false faith called (positive Christianity) which was totally oppose to the origins of Christ…His faith made him the god…. The faith strongly believe in science over everything else and they believe in the Aryan’s race as being “good science” for mankind… Even though an Atheists would say this is not their faith anyone who digs deep can tell it is…. So Hitler used words to brainwash a nation but his actions proved the lies in his words… I can give endless evidence to prove this to be true…

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