Our Veterans

 “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

 President Thomas Jefferson

Some of our veterans in uniform

 

11 Comments

  1. Jacklyn Merritt Gallihugh

    November 14, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I am sobbing as I watch this. Having had such a life changing experience during the Vietnam War, there is certainly a lot that has been buried by many of us regarding all of the changes that came about from the whole experience. I would have to say that volunteering for the Army Nurse Corps as a young Lieutenant caused my biggest losses personally and yet my biggest gains since it led me to a personal relationship with the Lord. We were not welcomed back by our country yet the Lord Jesus welcomed me to walk with Him through my life on this earth. Now I will be eternally grateful. Thank you for this regard now…….

    • Ahhh Jackie, your story moves me to tears every time I hear it. I would hope that we, the Class of ’67, would express our gratitude to our fellow classmates that served this great country at every turn of life. I would hope that we experience a tug at our heart every time we see a young man or woman in uniform, whether they are being greeted at an airport after their service or saying their farewells as they depart for duty. I would hope that tears run down our cheeks as we stand for “The Star Spangled Banner” at a sporting event or when we hear a rendition of “America The Beautiful”. I would hope we would find it nearly impossible to find our voice as we see our wounded veterans trying to finagle a mechanical arm or leg yet we know we must thank them for their sacrifice for the good of all of mankind. I would hope that the respect that our generation has for those in uniform will one day become a common trait for the generations to follow. I would hope that one day you will heal from your emotional wounds of experiencing war and I would hope that you know we, the Class of ’67, will be forever praying for your recovery.

    • Ronald D Puterbaugh

      November 23, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Jackie, I have read your post a number of times and have tried to put into words my profoundest admiration and gratitude for your great sacrifices during the War. The horrors of war were I am sure very, very bad, but the indignities that you and all the vets had to endure upon your return was and still is uncalled for. To give up a full life to go to war is more than the average person in any country would do, but you, like all warriors of all ages were willing to give up so much to try and defend the defenseless, and that is commendable. Your turning to the great Physician and the Prince of Peace was and is the only answer to what you experienced in Vietnam and upon your return home. I know this much, as the great Judge of the living and the dead, one day those who heaped scorn and bitterness on you and all the others, will have to stand not only before Him, but before all those who they rejected and ridiculed. Though I don’t know what you went through and still go through from those experiences, I again want you to know I hold you in the highest regard not only as a vet, but as a true warrior women. You will always have my respect, my gratitude, and my love. You are a great symbol of the women who came from the class of 67 at Fairview, and my hat is always off for you. May God bless you for your sacrifice, and may you always know I will never forget what you and the others have done for this great country and for me as an individual. Never ever give up hope, for He is the Hope of Israel and all mankind.

  2. Shirley Llewellyn Eadline

    November 21, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks for for your hard work on that lovely tribute Karen & Tom. After Fairview, I graduated form Wright State and taught Jr High English in Colorado for two year. I then joined the Air Force and served as a munitions loading officer for the 31st TAC Fighter Wing during the VietNam war. Our wing was on a split assignment – we would rotate half wing in and half out of country every six months. As a woman, I was not permitted to be stationed in country, so I stayed stateside at Homestead AFB where we maintained training and the F4s for the next rotation. From Homestead, I interviewed for a position at the Air Force Academy training the first class of women cadets in 1976. Along with 12 other women officers I received a crushing 6 months of Cadet training at the hands of the upper class male Cadets (who were not happy to have us there). When the first class of women arrived in June of ’76 we served as their upper class, providing training in the segregated dormitories and monitoring the training provided by the male cadets. I was the Commander of the Air Training Officers (ATO) during that first year. In 1977, I was selected for pilot training at the first Air Force selection board for women. I attended Pilot training at Williams AFB in Arizona. Upon graduating, I was blessed to be assigned to the C-141 Starlifter at McChord AFB in Tacoma Washington. I became the first woman instructor and the first woman flight examiner for that aircraft. I want to emphasize that my accomplishments, while requiring hard work, were very much a result of finding myself on the leading edge of change for women in America. Every opportunity I received was a direct result of others who pushed to open those doors. I was simply at the right place at the right time and was able to walk through. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t have to work hard and to tolerate a lot of crap to accomplish what I did. But for generations women had the same desires and abilities as I and I was the one who was given the opportunity. For that I am thankful. I served in the AF for 22 years; 11 on Active duty and 11 in the reserves & NY Air Guard. I’m still active in military affairs. I serve as Chairperson for my Congressman’s Veterans Committee and am Chair for his Committee for Military Service Academy nominations. I’m active in the Vietnam Veteran’s of America and that has been amazingly fulfilling for me. The VVA’s slogan is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.” That has helped many of us turn our anger and bitterness about the way we were treated into something positive. I’ll try to post a few pictures. Again, Thanks for all the work on the website and on the tribute to the Vets.

    • Hi Shirley, First of all, you humble me and I’m sure Tom feels pretty much the same way. We both share a deep appreciation and admiration for our veterans in addition to our drive and dedication to reunite our extended Fairview family members. I thank you again for posting the pictures demonstrating your exceptional service to this great country and for giving us a narrative of your history and accomplishments in providing that service. Shirley, it is nothing short of amazing!

      I was also, constantly breaking through the “glass ceilings” that women confronted during the 70’s and the 80’s but the banking industry would have never compared to the barriers that the military must have presented during your rise through the various positions and duties. I’m sure I speak for our entire class as I say that we commend you, we are eternally grateful for your service and we salute you for your long list of accomplishments!

  3. David L. Parent

    January 16, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    kfrancis-
    Today I found this website and have spent the past several hours going through it. As a 1967 graduate of Fairview I was impressed with the effort that went into it- particularly the veterans section. You may add my name to the list- also having served from 69-73. Like many of the veterans who served during that time period I have vivid memories of hard places far away-forgotten friends- lost causes- and a hostile reception upon arriving back in the states.
    We all must come to our own peace from those times and I am gratified that some of your respondents have been able to do so.
    I was also surprised to see an old classmate friend of mine had written a reply- Ron Puterbaugh. I wish him much luck.
    Your site is what it needs to be.
    Thank you.

    • David, It is so good to find yet another classmate by the means of our website which we launched in 2015. We also have a Facebook site at “Fairview High School – Class of ’67” if you participate on Facebook. David, if you could contact me at my email address, I’d like to get your mailing address and phone number for our Class of ’67 Master List which we will NOT share online or on Facebook. My email – kfrancis12@woh.rr.com.
      Thank you for the good comments, hope you join us on Facebook, it is so enriching connecting with the classmates of 1967! I would be happy to add you to our veterans page and THANK YOU for your service!! K

    • Ronald D Puterbaugh

      January 20, 2016 at 4:23 am

      David,

      I have often wondered what became of you. I am grateful for your service and not surprised that you did serve. Many fond memories of you and Gary Powell being in your home. Loved your parents. Hope life has treated you well.

  4. Thank you all for your service and thanks for the mention. I was commissioned Regular Army after graduating from OSU and served at Forts Belvoir, Benning, Hood and Drum. I never fired a shot in anger. My four years in the Army were some of the best in my life. Now living in Oklahoma.

    (Shirley-I still have a very vivid picture in my mind of Herr Professor Poloney stumbling over your last name in German class.)

    • Hi Tom! Yes I remember that class vividly. Herr Professor Poloney is an almost comic character from my high school years. We certainly weren’t an easy class for him to teach. My assigned German name was Trudy 😝

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