The goal is to learn about those who have given a part of their lives to this country’s freedom. Whether the veteran served in a war or not, their history and service is important and should be shared.
This is a special time to honor those who served us so that we all are able to enjoy the freedom we have here in the United States.
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Michael Shepard started with his story and photo to give an example of the stories and photos we’re looking for:
I joined the Marine Corps in the delayed entry program in December of 1992. After boot camp and basic infantry training I later finished classes to be a 6015 (MOS) and worked in power line on the AV-8B Harrier.
I did all the maintenance associated to make an engine operate, oil system, fuel system, nozzles, engine, and many other things. I also was a qualified Plane Captain which meant I was the final person to sign off an aircraft was safe to fly by completing inspections on the aircraft.
I worked directly with the pilots giving them confidence that the aircraft they flew was safe, they would return home safely, and the mission would be able to be completed. I had the pleasure of serving my country in Operation Deny Flight, a United Nations Operation, which would later become known as Operation Strong Resolve when IFOR (International Force of Readiness) took over in December of 2005 by Nato.
I received several medals and ribbons, but the one that meant the most was a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for possibly saving an aircraft, as well as, a pilots life. I received this by only doing my job. I believe those that have lost their lives or received a medal for something they did will say this same thing, I was only doing my job, and looking out for my fellow service member.
Being in the brotherhood of Marines is an honor, and one I am honored to be a part of, as well as, honored to have served our country.
This is a picture of myself with my dad, not sure what year, by the plane that bore my name on the opposite side of where the pilots name goes. That is a special honor given to qualified Plane Captains for being the final responsible party of ensuring a plane is ready to take any tasks or mission the pilot is given.”
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