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Harry Gifford - World War II Veteran - United States Army!!

Harry Gifford in World War II - driving a supply truck!On this Veterans day of 11/11/11 I am writing this post to honor my Dad Harry Gifford.  My Dad was drafted in to the Army prior to Pearl Harbor and served through the entire war.  It has only been in the last few years that I have been able to get my Dad to talk about his war time experiences and I was amazed to find out that the draft was going on before Pearl Harbor happened.  I had always thought the draft started after Pearl Harbor but that is not the case.

After getting drafted he called his 4 brothers and told them if they wanted to choose the branch of the service they wanted to be in they had best enlist rather than be drafted.

 

The picture to the left are the Gifford boys. Two of them were in the Army, two were in the Air Force and one was in the Navy. All of them came home safe and sound. My Dad's oldest brother stayed in the reserves and at the time was told he would not be called up and if he was would not go to the front line. As it turns out that was not true and he died on the front lines in the Korean War. My Dad was the second to the oldest and is the only one of his siblings that is still living. (He also had an older sister.)

My Dad at 94 years of age and my Mother at 86 years of age still spend 6 months in Colorado and 6 months in Arizona. My Dad drives them back and forth pulling a small travel trailer and I would get in the car with him any day as he is still an incredible driver. He got a lot of practice during World War II as his job in the Army was to drive a supply truck to the front line in Europe.  He was with a group that followed Patton's tanks.  He said that Patton would clear an area out and then they would have to come back and clear the area out again. His job was to drop the kitchen off and then he would spend the rest of the time picking up more supplies or taking troops back and forth to the front line. He said that often he would get where he was going only to find that the front line had been moved. In the video below he describes one of my favorite stories.

My parents are from the small town of Kinsley Kansas. When he left for the war my Mother was just a young girl and he did not give her a second glance.  When my Dad came back from the war my Mother was all grown up and the rest is history. They will be celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary on December 1st. We will be having a celebration in January in Arizona as that will give time for all their winter visitor friends to get in town.  They have decided this will be their last year to winter in Arizona so it will be a bittersweet year for them.Harry and Lucylle Gifford and their girls

We are by no means a military family but we are a family with a long history of serving our country when needed. Between my husband's family and my family we have had someone in almost every war since the Revolution. The only one that we could not come up with was the War of 1812. The most recent addition to that history is our son who served as an Intelligence Analyst with the Army. He was in for the same length of time as my Dad 4 years 10 months serving two tours of Iraq. He got out in June of 2009 and is now a junior at Texas A&M in Ocean Engineering.

I have been blessed to have wonderful parents. I always say I had an Ozzie and Harriet upbringing and I'm so blessed to still have them.

My Dad and Mother truly are my HEROES !

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22 commentsMarchel Peterson • November 11 2011 05:42PM

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Please tell your father, and family, thank you for their service.

Posted by Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere) about 3 years ago

Marchel... what a beautiful share and a cool video... My Dad too served under Patton and the Battle of the Bulge. He was in the telephone core and like your Dad, was out front laying wire. I still remember his awesome stories about WWII. Thank your Dad and family for their service.

Posted by Rene Fabre, New Media Marketing (First American Title) about 3 years ago

Hi Marchel, what a wonderful story and you are so lucky to still have your parents and they sound healthy and vibrant.  Blessings to you and your family.

Posted by Judith Parker, CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC (ProStead Realty) about 3 years ago

Marchel: What a beautiful blog and tribute to your family. It's hard to imagine what life was like 92 years ago. Carl's mom is 93 soon to be 94 can tell us some stories of life back almost 100 years ago. Your family is a blessing and we thank them for the sacrifice and unselfish service so that we may enjoy the life we have today.

Posted by Carl Winters about 3 years ago

Marchel, thank you for that post. Stories about WWII has been always in my heart because every family in Russia was involved one way or another. Since the childhood I've been hearing heartbreaking stories about that war. It is always interesting to get other interesting facts from the real people with the Satellite army who was involved. You are so lucky that your parents are around. Many health to them. 

Posted by Anna Dovger, Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX (Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607) about 3 years ago

Marchel, some times it takes those that served a long time to be able to talk about it.  It is amazing that your Dad still drives.  Most people are not able to drive at a much younger age than he is.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut) about 3 years ago

Hi Marchel,

Thank you, I loved this post. And like you I'm surprised to find they were drafting prior to Dec. 7th.

As a mom myself I can't begin to imagine having all my sons (or daughters for that matter) serving in the military like that. I know it happened, times were much different then. It's also ironic that you uncle in the reserves was later killed in action in Korea.

My own dad was one of those WWII Vets himself, they were/are an amazing generation.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) about 3 years ago

Hello Marchel,,  what a great post.  and good hearing your Dad talk about the war.  My father, 84, was in for 4 years as well.  It is amazing how they can still remember every detail of those days.  We are so lucky to still have our fathers, and you your Mother, with us!  Have a wonderful celebration for their 65th!  AWESOME.  Mom passed away almost 9 years ago, right before their 50th.  Blessings to you!

Posted by Joan Valverde, GRI, CDPE, Colorado Springs, Monument, Black Fores (Synergy Realty Group Inc) about 3 years ago

Marchel - I havent talked to you in a while. I'm glad I got to reconnect with you through this very personal post, and what a beautiful day to share it.

Posted by Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.) about 3 years ago

Featured - This post is now featured in Silent Majority Group of Active Rain!

Posted by Nicholas Goglucci, The Listing Whisperer (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) about 3 years ago

What a beautiful tribute to your father and family.  Neither he nor your mom look their age and you in the family pic you sure can see the resemblance between the four of you.  Your dad told a good story on how things were at that time.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) about 3 years ago

Marchel  Your parents are blessed to havw a loving daughter like you that pens such a wondefful tribute.  Your dad neither looks 94 nor sounds like it - his memory and voice are very crisp

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Ultimate) about 3 years ago

Marchel -  Arthur and I just stopped by to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Ultimate) about 3 years ago

Hello Marchel and VB is so sorry he missed this video ... your post & video is wonderful and featured at one of my favorite groups ... EXPRESS WITH VIDEOS AT ACTIVERAIN

"HAPPY THANKSGIVING"

                    "HAPPY THANKSGIVING"


Posted by Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent (REALTY ONE GROUP - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 702.443.7156 ) about 3 years ago

Marchel, you are blessed with a wonderful sense of values.

I hope your Thanksgiving Day is filled with blessings and happiness.

Posted by Leslie Ebersole, BRIX Group (Baird&Warner Fox Valley) about 3 years ago

Howdy and evening Marchel

Marchel, I sure did wanted to make sure to get by your blog to leave a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

May each and every day bring you and your family many blessings!

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 3 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing your family story. We can't let these stories get lost, they are an important part of American History. And how fortunate that there is so much to share!

BTW: didn't know you had a Colorado connection!

Posted by Dena Stevens, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Century 21 Canon Land & Investment) about 3 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing your family story. We can't let these stories get lost, they are an important part of American History. And how fortunate that there is so much to share!

BTW: didn't know you had a Colorado connection!

Posted by Dena Stevens, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Century 21 Canon Land & Investment) about 3 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing your family story. We can't let these stories get lost, they are an important part of American History. And how fortunate that there is so much to share!

BTW: didn't know you had a Colorado connection!

Posted by Dena Stevens, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Century 21 Canon Land & Investment) about 3 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing your family story. We can't let these stories get lost, they are an important part of American History. And how fortunate that there is so much to share!

BTW: didn't know you had a Colorado connection!

Posted by Dena Stevens, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Century 21 Canon Land & Investment) about 3 years ago

That's a wonderful narrative on your family history, Marchel.  And also a great tribute to your parents.  You are so fortunate to have your's.  I lost my dad when I was 23, and my mother when I was 32.  I miss them both every day!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 3 years ago

Marchel, I really enjoyed your Dad's video; and appreciate him warming up his "recaller" and sharing it with us. I AM from a military family, my Dad served 30 years in USAF .. but drove a tank in WWII... and both brothers served, one retired at 20 years and the youngest soon to retire with 20 years. THANK you for posting this blog as a tribute on Veteran's Day ... and for every other day of the week, too. 

Posted by Judith Sinnard, The SMARTePLAN Lady (SMARTePLANS; Houston, Texas) about 3 years ago

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