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MAY 30

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember the Fire Department usually uses water.

MEMORIAL DAY

This is Memorial Day weekend, and I’m sitting at my desk looking across the room at my father’s military decorations. He enlisted on December 13, 1941, and served until May of 1946.He went overseas with Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa, and served with Patton’s Third Army from the invasion beaches, the Battle of the Bulge, and the final defeat of Nazi Germany.

I always think about him on Memorial Day, but today I’m also thinking about my great, great grandfather, John Patillo, who was killed at the Battle of Stone’s Mountain in 1862. John Patillo was a sergeant in the Confederate Army, and gave his life for his country. There will be no mention of Sgt. Patillo or his comrades-in-arms on this Memorial Day. They are not politically correct.

Politically correct or not, in my mind, they were Americans fighting for what they loved, and the fact that the flag they fought under is being banned all across their homeland, is disgusting to me. I understand that the winners write history, but they should have respect when dealing with men who were willing to die for their beliefs.

Degrading their sacrifices do not contribute to today’s political causes, but rather has the opposite effect. On this Memorial Day, I’ll be thinking of that day long ago when John Patillo gave his life. I’ll say a silent prayer, and you can bet I’ll stand if any band finds the guts to play Dixie.

YOU GREW UP IN MY GENERATION IF YOU REMEMBER;

Enola Gay

Fall-out shelters

Attic Fans

Hog Killing Time

Overdrive

Plaiting Lanyards

JAKE’S REVENGE

I’m pleased to report that Jake’s Revenge will be available on Amazon as an e-book any day, and the pre-publication sale of the 50 signed copies is moving along. As of today, I’ve received orders for 35, and have 6 more on reserve. This leaves nine additional copies for sale.

I’m in discussions with the printer about making additional printed books available from Front Porch Press at some point in the future, but for now, the nine copies are all that are available.

You can order or reserve a signed copy of Jake’s Revenge by sending a check for $27.00 ($21.95 cover price plus $5.05 shipping) to:

Tom Lawrence

456 10th Street So.

Opelika, AL 36801

 

The book is to be mailed in June. Thanks for your support.

 

 

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5 replies »

  1. TOM: You mention the Enola Gay. As an aside I’ll mention that the bombardier on the Enola Gay was the Wing Commander in the Field Maintenance Squadron  where I was the Administrative Officer when I was in the Air Force in the mid 60’s. Col. Thomas W. Ferebee was one stern looking , acting guy. As we were accustomed to say he “ate 2nd Lts. for breakfast.” Also, I had an Uncle who killed in the Pacific when  his destroyer, the USS Duncan, was torpedoed. We should never forget the sacrifices made. By the way Bill O’Reilly’s book, “Killing Patton”, is an excellent read and summation of the Battle of the Bulge. You’re much more of a historian than me, but I think you would find it enjoyable. Regards, JIM

  2. SIMPLY GREAT COMMENTS. SO SAD THAT THE NATION IS IN DECLINE. WE HAVE LIVED IN THE BEST OF TIMES, BUT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SAY THAT OR WILL THEY KNOW THAT. MY, HISTORY CAN BE A MOVING TARGET.WHAT IS THE TRUTH? PEP

    On Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 5:15 PM, Tom Lawrences Blog wrote:

    > Tom Lawrence posted: ” MAY 30 QUOTE OF THE WEEK When tempted to fight > fire with fire, remember the Fire Department usually uses water. MEMORIAL > DAY This is Memorial Day weekend, and I’m sitting at my desk looking across > the room at my father’s military decorations. He ” >

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