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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Thanksgiving Tale, Courtesy of Action McNews

As Thanksgiving draws near, please enjoy this legitimately touching family reunion at South Lakes High School last week, when Air Force Col. Stephen Williams returned from a stint overseas and surprised his daughters in the school cafeteria. He'll return to South Korea after Thanksgiving. Safe travels, all, and happy Thanksgiving.


  1. To Col. Williams and all men and women in the military, THANK YOU for your service to our country.

  2. Am I the only person who hates these surprise reunions that seem to be all the rage these days? As a military brat I know what it's like for your father to be overseas, and it just seems cruel to toy with a kid's emotions like this. They're his kids, so however he wants to raise them is his business, but it seems just cold-hearted to me to put them through an emotional roller-coaster in front of all their friends and the media.

  3. Actually, I think it's pretty sweet. And anything that's a reminder of the fact that we have people putting themselves in harm's way all around the world is welcome to me. It's way too easy to forget we're fighting two -- or is it three? -- wars, and the sacrifices people make as a result.

  4. "...[A]nything that's a reminder", Anon? Would you want a live webcam on the tarmac at Dover AFB? I think that's some remindin' that most of us can do without, and probably wouldn't help the war effort either.

  5. Anon 11:30: there are roller coasters and roller coasters. One day in 1966 my mother noticed friends and coworkers treating her funny. Leading questions without revealing why.

    Turns out Life had published a picture of a blonde medic, wounded himself, treating casualties in a morass of mud and blood called The Iron Triangle. He looked like me.

    It wasn't me.

    I was a blonde medic, and my unit was operating in that special corner of hell. But I was Army, not USMC as the Life article clearly stated.

    Still it took several letters and a photo to prove to mom that I was still intact. So be grateful Anon 1:30. It could have been much worse.


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