An encore post from 2016. My dad is now 91 years old and proud to be a former Army paratrooper and a World War II era veteran.
Today, Americans are celebrating Veterans Day and honoring all who have served in the U.S. military. The date November 11 marked the end of World War I in 1918, and people in many countries honor the day as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day, remembering those who fought in that Great War. In the U.S., in 1954 President Eisenhower formally designated November 11 as the day to honor all military veterans in the U.S.
I am especially proud of my dad who served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army and was part of the occupation forces in Japan after World War II.
When the U.S. entered World War II Dad was still in school, but after finishing high school he joined the U.S. Army, serving in the 188th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 11th Airborne Division. The 11th was chosen by General Douglas MacArthur to lead the Allied…
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