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“War Hero”

Description from Sara E: My father, John Eklund, served in the Coast Guard for 5 years during WWII. His ship, the Ingham was attacked by a UBoat in the North Atlantic. While on duty in the Pacific, his ship, the Calloway, was Kamikazed. He also witnessed the flag raising on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. He is, indeed, a war hero. For many years, I wore his Coast Guard uniform for Halloween. The same uniform is now on display on the USS Ingham, retired and docked in Key West.

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  1. Asia
    Asia says:

    Beautiful sentimental story as is your pick :)

  2. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    What a wonderful tribute to your father! You chose the perfect components for you theme. Thank you for sharing his story.

  3. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    So inspiring. Thank you for the amazing story and the beautiful pick.

  4. Stone Treasures
    Stone Treasures says:

    Lovely pick and Thanks to your DAD a distinguished veteran.

  5. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Great sailors pick and what a amazing story ;)

  6. PPR
    PPR says:

    Sara: What a lovely story and pick. Thanks for sharing.

  7. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    Sara, a beautiful pick and a beautiful tribute to your Father. Our nation remains free because of the sacrifices of those who serve(d) our country. Thanks for sharing his story.

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    Sara E says:

    Thank you all for your lovely words. Daddy embarked on his great journey on the Seas of Time on Thanksgiving, 1999. I live just 2 miles from Lake Erie and go there often to hear the waves breaking and commune with him. If you have loved ones who served in WWII, PLEASE, honor them by registering them in the National WWII Memorial, http://www.wwiimemorial.com/

  9. Luna Chick aka Coral
    Luna Chick aka Coral says:

    Wow, what a powerful story! Thanks for sharing with us.

  10. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    What a beautiful story and tribute to your father. Congratulations and thanks to your entire family for such a brave and honorable father.

  11. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    What a wonderful story and I can feel just how proud you are of your father. I also like your picks. You included many of my favorites.

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