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November 11, 2005
Veterans Day

I never met my grandfather.

He served as an artilleryman in France in the First World War. He brought mementos home with him — some french coins, his rifle sharpshooter badge, a set of Captain's bars, his gas mask, his helmet, and others. Most of these items hang on the wall in my home, reminders of a man I never knew.

He served, came home, married, had three kids, died young, and was buried among fellow soldiers on the Presidio of San Francisco.

He never knew that decades later there would be another SGT Russell Emerson.

Thanks, granddad. I wish I could have known you.

Posted by Russ at 11:00 AM, November 11, 2005 in Soldiers/Vets

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Comments

A heartfelt thanks to both Russell Emersons for their sacrifice and service.

Posted by: Val Prieto at November 11, 2005 11:35 AM


Yes. Thank you.

Posted by: Jenna [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 11, 2005 12:38 PM


Amen.

Posted by: Thibodeaux at November 14, 2005 06:57 PM


You have a heritage to be proud of. We must never forget those members of our family who bravely defended our freedom.

Posted by: Jeremy at November 20, 2005 02:13 PM


Wow. That is stunning.

Be brave, soldier.

Posted by: Charles at November 20, 2005 08:13 PM