Tuesday, October 18, 2005

"Uncle Jack"

That is how I knew Jack Dunn. I missed his funeral because I was deployed for Katrina relief. A man that was a winner of the DSC and DFC - and he made sure he wrote me supportive letters and cards when I was deployed to Bosnia and Afghanistan. My whole extended family is full of people like this, and they sure give you plenty examples to follow. So many men and women of my family have come from the plains of Iowa to be soldiers (or sailors, right Dad?) scholars, teachers, doctors...I have a B.A., M.A. and a J.D., I have served abroad peacekeeping in Bosnia, and in wartime in Afghanistan - and I have only just earned a seat at the table. So long Uncle Jack, we won't forget you or what you did.

7 Comments:

Blogger Mighty Quinn said...

I'm sorry to hear of the loss, Major John. You have a lot to be proud of and I'm sure he was VERY proud of you.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Simon Peter said...

He sounds like a fine man indeed. My sympathies for your loss, Major.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Amiga 3000 said...

I had the honor of meeting Jack at Major John's wedding years back. Knowing my strong interest in aviation, Major John told me that I just had to meet "Uncle Jack." Expecting (and I must admit excited) to hear stories of his experiences in the B-26, I was completely floored when he simply shook my hand and said: "Yes, I lost a lot of friends over there..." I just stood there with nothing to say. What could I say?

After that I remember my interest in aviation shifted (or expanded) from the just the aircraft to the people. "Uncle Jack" certainly changed my perspective and everytime I see a photo/video of the B-26 Marauder I still think of him.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Simon Peter said...

I know what you mean. I remember listening to my grandfather, back when he was alive. He served in the trenches in France during the Great War.

I thought he'd tell us exciting tales, but I remember one story he told of a mustard gas attack, where he lost his best friend who was standing right next to him and his wonderment at how he was spared.

It gives war a whole different perspective. It doesn't matter how much fancy technology you have, at the end of the day it's real human beings out there doing the dying.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Inner Prop said...

One thing I realized in Afghanistan is that death is FINAL. Any wargames, movies and such have lost a lot of flavor since then.

Yesterday my youngest said something about killing someone (she's 4 and parrots lots of stuff without thinking yet) and I told her very simply that that isn't something we play with. I think she got the hint with no more said.

3:18 PM  
Blogger Inner Prop said...

Also my condolences as well.

3:28 PM  
Blogger Pixie said...

So sorry for your loss Major John.

2:19 AM  

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