Paul re-entered the United States Air Force in November of 1951. A proud member of the 474th Fighter Bomber Group in Korea. He later served in Vietnam 1965 as a Military advisor to the Republic of South Vietnam. In December of 1969 Paul retired from the Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant.
PORTRAITS OF SERVICE Looking into the Faces of Veterans by Robert H. Miller and Andrew Wakeford which received the Independent Publisher 2012 Outstanding book of the Year, Freedom Fighter Award. This book shares diverse stories of 60 veterans from WWII to recent wars, stories of the heroes to the homeless. It is quite moving.
Due to my grandfather being buried at the National Cemetery we had to wait until two days later for that (his funeral was on a Saturday and the burial Monday since they don't do them on Sundays).
The woman on the right is playing an Irish pipe whistle because my grandfather really liked the music they made.
It is somewhat hard to take "people pictures" at wakes and funerals since everyone is crying but we did manage to get a few. My parents on the left and my brother Allan on the right who told us if it was a true Irish funeral we would all be drinking whiskey. The restaurant we were at had a "whiskey sampler" so he drank some for all of us!
My brother Tim and mom.
Lee and I (left) and my mom and I (right).
Afterwards we went back to the hotel to change and then over to the house with Lee to watch the Kentucky Derby. We ate (again) and just hung out together. It was an emotionally draining two days with many sad tears but also some happy tears and laughs. We shared many great memories and truly celebrated his life.
I'll be sharing photos from his burial with full military honors at the National Cemetery tomorrow. It was my first time to be at a military funeral.