How very precious, thank you for sharing with us!
BTW...love your ending signature, we were a military family.
Dad did a tour (w/his 4 brothers) of Korea when I, the oldest of four,
was 6 wks old, then an isolated tour in Germany, a 3 yr stint in Hawaii
and finally 2 tours of Vietnam before retirement after 20 yrs in. He wanted
another 10 yrs in but that was in 1968 and they were enlisting criminals and
the Army had changed...he didn't want to lead thugs nor did he trust them.