Hi bill, and thank you for the kind words, adn I was indeed thinking of you guys too on our (formerly known as: Armistace Day) as well as our guys and also the German vets I have met. I told a couple of them a few years ago that I always do make it a point to think of them on that day too. You wouldn't believe at how much they appreciate that ;-))
I met two American WWII Vets the other day while eating at a restaurant I oove called; The Cracker Barrel. I noticed these Gents were wearing caps which announced they were WWII vets. We were leaving and I made it a point to stop at their table to shake both their hands as well as thank them for serving. Both were completely surprised but also expressd their greatfulness, that I was one who had not forgotten. I told them a little about my Grandfather whose ship the SS Fort Lee, was torpedoed by U 181-and at how my GF sometime after the war, somehow met one of the German Sailors who served on that Uboat that day his ship was torpedoed. They both really had soemthing in common and they became lifelong friends. The WWII vets I had been talking with, were very impressed and said it was OK for me to include honorable German vets, in my way of recognizing that special day. That sure felt great to here-because one would think that they might have thought different. It turned out that both men landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day and served through to the end of the war-in different units of course. They both told me that they knew and were good friends with some WWII German Vets.
Thank you also about my foot. I had surgery on the left one Friday. he surgery went well, but the pains were severe the rest of Fri, all of Sat and Sunday and finally started to recede a bit today. If I stand for longer than about 30 minutes or do a lot of walking around, my feet start hurting abdly when they get tired. This coming Tuesday, I get to finally take the bandages off my right foot though I still feel some sharp pains in it at times. The left foot will be at least another 3 weeks in bandages. Im not looking forward to the day the stitches get taken out-as all I will have is a local, and I felt the stitches being taken out of my right foot and I could actually feel the cuttingings into my toes on the left foot because whomever was supposed to give me the knockout gas, did nto give me as much as i should have had-muh unlike what happened for my first surgery-whenall I remember was that I was wheeled into the OR, and I only remember being awake for a few minutes before a gas mask was placed on me and I was completely out-even during my full time in the Recovery Room.
Thank you also for the nice Christmas wishes. Im hoping to be back online steady like, by the 2nd week of Dec. If nto? hopefully by then I will be cleared to start walking again and will make my way to a library and use their computers ;-))
Thank you for your email address. I will send you one from one fo my better accounts-probably one of my Hotmail accounts. One of my best accounts is: Laughingsawfish@hotmail.com
Take care and best regards--Carl.