|Randy Rabenold's graduation picture from Parris Island. He's 6th from the right in the second row.|
Rabenold's story from Inchon to the Chosin Reservoir Part TWO
Rabenold and the Bulldogs - Part THREE
For Randy's Trench Art from Korea
Memorial Day 2013 Presentation of the Rabenold and First Marines in Korea
I spent Veteran's Day with my Dad at our Legion. It was a good afternoon: I got to hear about frostbite in the Alps before the Battle of the Bulge and other good stories, Dad hit $200 on a raffle, and we talked sports with the gang. Brother Rick stopped by too. I got to hear Dad say "Happy Birthday" to every Marine who walked in the door. I learned how the Marines are 1 year older than our country. They were formed in Tun Tavern in Philadelphia in 1775 on November 10th. I got to thank several veterans for their service too.
On Friday, Dad came to my classroom and shared his stories with two of my classes. Then, our Student Council hosted several community veterans, including faculty members who served, for a lunch. Dad was presented with an encased flag.
It was a special day.
Did I mention that I got to spend some time with my Dad?
Thanks for serving Dad.
Other Veteran's Day posts on this site:
2010 Flag Disposal Ceremony Speech for Ira Smith
2011 Memorial Day Speech and Local Veteran Stories
2012 Memorial Day Speech and Local Veteran Stories
Ira F. Smith Goes to War
Ira Comes Home - After 72 Years
|Dad's machine gun crew in Korea. With Frenchie Labeau from New Orleans far right and Greenie from Massachusetts|
second from right. Dad carries this picture everywhere he goes.