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(Congratulations to Book Nympho and Mother Lode on being the featured bloggers of the day for Follow Friday.)
Q: In light of 11.11.11 and Veteran’s Day tell us about your favorite soldier and how he or she is saving the world. Fictional or real life.
A: Donald Bennett, my husband!
Colonel Don Bennett, State Judge Advocate for the Washington Army National Guard.
Served in Iraq from 2004-05.
33+ years of service to our country.
He is my hero!
Don is devoted to our country and to justice, not only for our soldiers but also for the citizens of countries where our military serves. As a JAG officer he is in the position of advising commanders and making sure that standards are upheld and laws governing conduct are enforced.
Runner-up: First Lieutenant Gordon Parr, my uncle
Served in the Army during WWII in the Pacific Theater.
His unit, the 96th Infantry Division (belatedly in 2007) received its Presidential Unit Citation for its "esprit, heroism, and continuing demonstrations of raw courage" in the decisive Battle of Okinawa.
Gordon died this year at age 87.
He -- and a whole generation of men and women -- fought for our freedom against incredible odds. We are here today because of their courage and valor. Thank you for your service.
A great big word of thanks to all soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen, and coast guardsmen who have answered the call of duty to our country. I appreciate your service and recognize that freedom isn't free. Thank you! Also, thank you to all military families who have sacrificed so much for us.