• dh Tommy Gregory for State Representative
Happy Father's Day!
My wife and 3 sons asked me all week what I wanted for
Father's Day. I am so thankful for their love and lucky to have
a wonderful wife and children. They offered to buy me gifts,
go clay shooting with me or take a family trip to the beach. I
only wanted one thing their help installing a 25-ft tall
flagpole in our front yard to replace the flagpole at the front
door. We dug the hole yesterday and secured the pole with
concrete. We raised the flag today. I will cherish the time we
spent together on the task and always think of them when
honoring our country's flag that flies proudly in front of our
house.
My love of family and country are deep and forever
intertwined. I cannot look at the flag without thinking of my
wife, my family, and my parents, and how much I love them
and this country. I met my wife at the Air Force Academy and
we both served 20 years on active duty. My parents met in
the Army in 1968, shortly after my dad returned from a tour
in Vietnam. They married 6 weeks later and celebrated their
52nd anniversary last month. I am lucky and proud to call
them my parents for millions of reasons.
We are all veterans, but my dad, Thomas "Tommy" Gregory,
is a combat veteran, and Purple Heart recipient. He taught
me discipline, respect, service and so much more. By his
example, he taught me to love my country and my neighbors
-all of them. My dad was an M-60 Gunner in Vietnam. One
evening while crossing
a river, the Vietcong ambushed his
unit. Both of his ammunition carriers were hit. Instead of
ducking and running for cover or leaving the wounded to die
or be captured, my dad risked his life to pull the injured to
safety. One of the ammunition carriers had been shot in the
knee and was unable to move. My dad was shot while pulling
him to safety. He lost many friends in Vietnam, including
some in that river, but he was able to save this man.
You might have known my dad all your life and never heard
this story. I've only heard it twice and read about it in his
Army records. He loves his country and was proud to serve,
but he won't brag and prefers not to dwell on the memories
of war. I am sharing his story because I am immensely proud
to be the son of an American hero, but also to give you a
sense of the role race plays in military service: none. The
ammunition carrier my dad saved was a black man,
a
detail
which should not need to be mentioned. But I feel compelled
to share this detail at this time.
The United States military is stronger because we celebrate
diversity while living, working and serving as equals. It is a
place where you risk life and limb for your brothers and
sisters in regardless of military is proud - Repub if you think good people always have and always will exist
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