Posted by: SJS | November 9, 2019

Veterans Day 2019

On Monday, November 11th, we honor all the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces over the course of our history.  We thank them for their service to protect all that we hold dear as Americans citizens.

In our family, I am enormously proud of my father George “Red” Stahley who served in the US Navy in World War II as a radio man on the PT boats of the Mediterranean and the South Pacific.  And my sister, Maryellen Stahley Brown who serve in the Army Nurse Corps in the late 1970s.  Both my father and my sister served proudly and reflected the highest values of our nation.

Pictured above are the PT vets who served with President John F. Kennedy when we was the skipper of PT 109 in the South Pacific during WWII.  The photo was snapped at the inauguration day parade of President Kennedy in January of 1961.  I have vivid memories of that cold winter day, watching the parade on television, and swelling with pride as the float holding a reconstructed version of PT 109 dominated the inaugural parade. It was a grand day all around.

We salute all our veterans on this holiday and pledge to them our eternal gratitude.


  1. Thanks for your tribute to those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and the reminder of how important Veterans Day is. Today a neighbor took me to see the monument that commemorates all those from Maine who served in the Sea Services – Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine who died in WWII.

  2. May they all know just how much we appreciate their efforts!!

  3. Wonderful post!

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