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An Extraordinary Letter
Commentary, by Peter Wehner

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 7/2/2014 10:22:53 PM

The other day my wife Cindy came across a hand-written letter from her uncle, Frank Keaton, that was written to his parents on February 8, 1944. Mr. Keaton landed on Omaha Beach before D-Day, one of a preliminary group to secure an area for the medics. He held the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, Two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart. Shot while crossing the Rhine, he refused to go back behind the lines because he did not want to leave his company (he was part of the “Old Hickory” Division). He survived the war. His letter follows: February

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Pros7767, 7/2/2014 10:37:33 PM     (No. 9909049)

This letter could have been written by every member of our military, especially lately since we have an all volunteer force. They are people to be honored for their willingness to sacrifice everything for us. I´m glad Frank made it home, and I´m humbled by those who didn´t.

On this Fourth of July, let us remember the sacrifices of those who gave us our freedom and vow to do everything in our power to keep it.

God bless our military and may He bless the United States of America and save us from the evil that has overtaken it.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Djs, 7/2/2014 10:41:25 PM     (No. 9909056)

An extraordinary letter? Damn right it is. If reading this doesn´t tear you up, sonething´s wrong with you.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: watashiyo, 7/2/2014 10:44:09 PM     (No. 9909062)

This is what makes America the most incredible nation in the world. And how does America do it, to be able to raise an extraordinary citizen like Mr. Keaton? We are so proud of him.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Jubilationtcornpone, 7/3/2014 1:17:05 AM     (No. 9909170)

There was a PBS series about WW II a few years ago that told the stories of the men who left to fight through their letters back home. I wish this stirring letter could have been included.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 7/3/2014 1:55:53 AM     (No. 9909180)

This brought tears to my eyes.

Imagine the whirlwind of feelings his parents experienced when they received this.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/3/2014 2:10:34 AM     (No. 9909189)

Thanks for posting.

Think about the maturity of the letter. How many can write a letter like that today or even think on that level ?



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Reply 7 - Posted by: Japanorama, 7/3/2014 3:43:21 AM     (No. 9909206)

A welcome happy ending well deserved.

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