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May 29, 2011 - Pam Rodgers
Memorial Day has always been a special day for my family. I am proud to say my grandfather, James “Mac” Rodgers served our county in World War II. He flew 29 bombing missions in a B-17 across Europe. He was the radio operator. When we lost him in 2006, Memorial Day became bittersweet, but still a proud day for us.
I was lucky enough to grow up at a time when he would talk about the war. According to my Dad, Grandpa didn’t talk about the war much as my father was growing up. It wasn’t until years later that Dad learned about what his father did for his country.
When he was in grade school, my older brother had a school project, and he chose to interview Grandpa about the war. What was supposed to be a short interview, turned into an hour of priceless video of Grandpa explaining his duties before, during and after the war. I was fairly young when this was recorded so I didn’t remember all of what he said, just what my Dad told me later.
Then, last year I was dubbing the VHS onto a DVD and I finally saw the whole interview. It was touching to hear him talk about it, knowing that I wouldn’t get the chance to hear about any other way. I will treasure that recording and am so glad that Grandpa was able to share his story.
Thank you to all our troops who have served our country. God Bless America!
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