Sunday, November 12, 2006

Paul Anthony Melanson being sworn into the
United States Air Force, Manchester NH.


Marie Cecile said...

May I ask how long you served our country? And I apologize to you and all servicemen for not wishing a happy Veteran's Day. Many have lost and many have survived, but many have been touched by war and what it has done.

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Dear Marie-Cecile,

Thank you for your kind thoughts. I served for five years with Air Force Intelligence and specialized in Counter-terrorism.

My contribution pales in comparison with that of my father Camille "Joe" Melanson. He served with the United States Army during the Korean War as a Tank Commander and during the Vietnam War with the United States Air Force.

His brother, my uncle Arthur Melanson, was killed when his plane went down over the Pacific. He was posthumously awarded the Navy's Distinguished Service Cross and is remembered as one of Massachusett's most decorated heroes.

In our family, the words duty, honor and country have a special meaning.

Marie Cecile said...

I'm impressed. It's not easy serving our country. Your father was a great man wasn't he? A brave and heroic one.

Your uncle too, gave his life for the freedom we try so very hard to have. He found his freedom in the hands of God, a loss to your family but a gain to God's.

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