That would be my Uncle Bob, who wasn't there for me and my siblings growing up. His B-24 crashed in 1944 as he was training to take the fight to the Nazis. I would have loved to have known him, for he was by all accounts a great guy. I know my father idolized his big brother. I don't think he ever got over the loss. Here is a link to the crash site memorial plaque near the Santa Fe Trail.
MSNBC host Chris Hayes infamously said he was 'uncomfortable' calling fallen American soldiers 'heroes.' While this is routine palaver from MSNBC, it was especially despicable for Hayes to spew this bilge over the Memorial Day weekend.
My uncle never had the opportunity to prove himself in combat, and was in all probability terrified shitless as his plane was augering into the high Colorado terrain. His remains did not arrive back home accompanied with medals of valor.
But he was, and is, a hero to me.
If I ever do run across the smug, cowardly Hayes, I will most certainly smash him right in his fucking hipster spectacles. For some Memorial Day fun go enjoy the Twitter thread at #HayesHeroism. My contribution: Barebacked at a Frisco bath house.
Posted by Velociman at May 28, 2012 8:48 AM