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A World War II POW Tribute

Sedona AZ (November 5, 2014) – The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor:

veteran humor cartoonWhile visiting Vandalia, Michigan with family in October, we stopped at a Mennonite restaurant and enjoyed a lovely lunch. The employees told us about a bulk food store nearby and we decided to go.

My husband, 89, is an ex-World War II Prisoner of War whose plane was shot down over Germany. All of the crew were injured yet survived after bailing out of the plane. However, on the ground they were captured and turned over to the Gestapo and incarcerated until the end of the war, existing on starvation rations.

With a good bit of curiosity, the young owner of the bulk food store struck up a conversation with my husband and questioned him about WWII and his experiences.

American FlagIn the meantime, I shopped and proceeded to the checkout area. The young man came over and asked if the POW was my husband to which I replied that he was, adding that we have enjoyed a good life together and felt very blessed.

The young man replied he was grateful for men like my husband and that God had just paid our bill.

We want to thank the young man at the Bullseye Marketplace, 59283 White Temple Road, Vandalia, Michigan 49095 (1-269-476-1126) for his kindness to a WWII POW. It is our hope that when in Vandalia you will patronize this store, and please tell them an old airman sent you.

A word of thanks or gesture of kindness should never be taken for granted. Every day and especially on Veterans Day, please take the time to appreciate the many sacrifices of our vets and active military to secure liberty and freedom for all. It will touch the heart of each and every one.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Coogan Hallman
Bridgeville, Delaware
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  1. Saying thanks goes a long way especially when thanking a veteran …. as I have said before, “Every day should be veteran’s day.”

    Just as I get tired of saying it and you get tired of hearing it, our Arizona veterans highways are a mess and no one seems to care.

    Is this how we honor and thank our veterans by trashing these memorial highways?

    I recently attended my Vietnam reunion in Tucson, traveling between Phoenix and Tucson via our Arizona “Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway” (I-10) and was forced to look at all of the litter on this highway.

    I wonder how we honor this WWII veteran and all veterans by allowing this to happen?

    Will you take the time to contact the following people and help honor our veterans on Veterans Day by doing so? Could you imagine the impact you could make by making a phone call?

    Office of the Governor
    Arizona Governor Jan Brewer
    Executive Tower
    1700 West Washington Street
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    (602) 542-4331

    Mr. John Halikowski Director ADOT
    206 South 17th Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    (602) 712-7227

    Patricia Powers-Zermeno ADOT Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator
    Mr. John Halikowski Director ADOT
    206 South 17th Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    (602) 712-4620

    Gary Chamberlain
    Folksville USA
    Vietnam veteran

  2. Les Tulley says:

    Mr. Hallman and readers,

    Thought this might be of interest. Thank you to all vets everywhere.


  3. US Dept of Interior — The greatest way to honor a vet is to hire one.

    Enjoy the great outdoors today with free entrance to all public lands on Veterans Day. Spread the word!

  4. Dave Vette says:

    To those of us who grew up with parents of the “Greatest Generation” to those of the current generation and everyone in between, take time to remember and give thanks. It isn’t always the physical battlefield wounds that scar the soldier.

    Take the time to watch this. It will give you a new slant on Veteran’s Day. This guy makes a major point without being angry, political or complaining. It was recorded in Canada, but could just as easily be herein the US.


  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9quPWDoLxF0

    America is worth everything, its worth saving! We had another American beheaded today. Pay attention. Stay home and PRAY. PRAY for our salvation.

    Color and religion do not define Americans. Loyalty to America does. What my man Obama fails to appreciate is that America does change, it does be better in time. Its not Holder beliefs defined by the color Black vs White. (he’s a jackass) Its defined by its belief that all no matter what color are given equal op to beat the living daylights out of each others aspiration and want to be the all and end all.

    America is a unique and shining beacon of hope for the nots. Can write and speak English? Believe in America’s ideals & work for it. Demand your kids to be proud to be Americans first, Mexi-Black Americans last or NOT!!! God bless us all & if you support Ferguson riots? You re lazy no counts. I love America-(&*^%$# (deleted by editor) To hell with Ferguson rioters, slam their asses in a jail.

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