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#1 JD DANNELS OFFLINE  

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Posted November 18, 2015 - 03:02 PM

This morning, our counties last Pearl Harbor survivor was laid to rest.
Lee Lester was on the USS Pennslvania in dry dock on Dec. 7, 1941 after it was repaired, he was on the California in the south pacific for the duration of the war.
I went to school with his daughters and his son married my sister.
I was impressed when I got to the church and the sidewalk was lined with Freedom Riders holding flags.
Several of his grandchildren wore their military uniforms. At the cemetery, a granddaughter(active Army) participated in the gun salute. The Navy officer handed the folded flag to his granddaughters husband.
Jeff is full-time National Guard, and he presented the flag to his father-in-law.

I think the thing that most impressed me was the Freedom Riders Honor Guard, who stood at attention during the graveside service. Most of these guys are older than me, yet endured the blustery, rainy 45degree weather to honor a brother in arms.
Makes you proud to be an American, and know that honor is more than words.

Edited by JD DANNELS, November 18, 2015 - 03:11 PM.

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Posted November 18, 2015 - 03:34 PM

God bless him, and thank you for taking the time to post it here for us to read. We will all be Patriotic proud for sure.
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Posted November 18, 2015 - 04:23 PM

Thank you for letting us know. And thanks to Lee and all his brothers in arms.
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Posted November 18, 2015 - 04:57 PM

Thanks for sharing. It won't be long and all the WWII vets will be at rest.


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Posted November 18, 2015 - 05:39 PM

Thanks for letting us in on what went on there! Sounds like a proper send off for a fallen brother!


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Posted November 18, 2015 - 05:51 PM

  Sounds like a wonderful sendoff for a man who truly earned it !!  RIP, Lee!!

                                                      Mike


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Posted November 18, 2015 - 06:58 PM

Thanks for sharing. It won't be long and all the WWII vets will be at rest.


That is true Lee was 94,yet active up to the end. Just a month ago a video was made of his experiences at Pearl Harbor for the Smithsonian Institute.
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Posted November 18, 2015 - 07:08 PM

Thanks for the story, its always nice to hear people talk about the military! We all appreciate the effort more than most realize.
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Posted November 18, 2015 - 08:43 PM

Thanks for sharing.

A great man.

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Posted November 18, 2015 - 10:32 PM

Thank you for sharing, my Grandfather on my mom's side of the family served in WWII as the radio man on the USS Ticondaroga, he lied about his age in order to join, sadly I never got to meet him, he died in the 80's before I was born.






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