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Courage at Twilight: Veterans Day

Dad, seated, second from right.

Looking out the window of my home office on Veterans Day 2021, with the American flag waving, I pondered on Dad’s life and military service.  Like many Americans, my ancestors served their country in the major conflicts from the Revolutionary War to World War II.  Dad enlisted and served an eight-year obligation between 1953 and 1962.   His Utah Air National Guard unit was the 130th AC&W Flight Squadron.  His Utah Army National Guard unit was the 142nd Military Intelligence Linguist Company, at Fort Douglas, where he was trained as an Interrogator.  He earned an Army Certificate of Training in 1961 for completing a course in Romanian at the U.S. Army Language School at the Presidio, in Monterey, California.  During a hiatus between his Air Force and Army service, he served a volunteer proselyting mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil, where he learned Portuguese.  His marriage to Mom came in 1962, along with his honorable discharge from the Army, and his law school graduations came in 1963 (University of Utah), 1964 (New York University), and 1965 (University of São Paulo).  I came along in 1964, perched upon this legacy of intelligence, service, labor, and dedication.  I am so grateful for that legacy, which has provided the foundation for every opportunity of my life.  I hope I am worthy of that legacy.  I hope I have conveyed virtues and values to my own seven children.  My daughter Erin now serves as an officer in the U.S. Army, and I am very proud of her intelligence, service, labor, and dedication to the United States of America.