Memorial Day Reflection


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MUSIC: LET THEIR BE PEACE ON EARTH The Boys Choir of Harlem

Korean War Veteran
Korean War Veteran

This is my Uncle Jerry who served during the Korean War. He is my father’s brother.

Served during World War II
Served during World War II

This is my father, Milton Lax, who served stateside during World War II. He was a medic at Rhoads General Hospital in Utica, New York. This is where he met my mother who was a USO girl.

Served overseas during World War II and was captures as a POW.
Served overseas during World War II and was captured as a POW.

This was my father-in-law, Frank Quate, who served in the Army during World War II and was captured and held at a POW camp until his release.

Served in the Army during the Vietnam War.
Served in the Army during the Vietnam War.

Finally, this was my brother-in-law, Paul Wattman. He served in Vietnam and was stationed in Saigon. He passed away three years ago from several illnesses that was proved to be caused by “Asian Orange”. He received 100% disability after his death. I miss him very much and I watched him suffer. He truly gave his life serving and protecting us.

Lets take a few minutes away from family gatherings, parties or beach time and reflect on what the day really means. I was a USO girl during the Vietnam War. I am very proud to say I had a chance to place a smile on their faces just one more time before they left for war. I met many men and had long reflective conversations with them and I do not know who returned from the war. I wore a bracelet for several years with a POW’s name on it. It was my way to show my support.

4 thoughts on “Memorial Day Reflection

      1. Cousin Paul with Vietnam….. and Uncle Jerry and Uncle Milt…. was it WWI? (only kidding…)…. you did GREAT with this today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also unbelievable that Frank Quate was a POW!!!!!!!!!!!

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