Dad was commander of the USMC fighter-attack Checkerboard Squadron (312), the gull-wing Corsairs of the abandoned runway off Parris Island (Air Station of Merritt Field in Beaufort, SC). He started off in Guam with a bomber unit, but then went off to the Philippines, Japan, China and […] and — still an issue today — “North” Korea.
He spoke fondly, poetically, of the Korean people, saying that they were what the fighting was all about: they had to be liberated from the communist oppression which had impoverished them to death. For him, the robber government of the North was all about the violence of the arrogance of self-serving power, which never does anyone any good at all. I’m proud of him, and I use these stickers to talk about him and his love for the Korean people. If Kim is going to be taken out, I hope that can be done without innocent blood being shed. They’ve suffered quite enough.
The two Flying Crosses are w/o citation, meaning the missions are still classified to this day. I’m guessing that these are not in reference to the munitions trains and bridges that he took out, but rather to points elsewhere on the compass, you know, […].
Mom was Jewish, as was her mom and her grandma. I lived in Israel for some time and have gone back to visit. I’m Jewish and a Catholic priest.
All this is NOT analogous to that rubbishy COEXIST sticker. The Jews have the same faith as do Catholics. Saint Paul’s talk of a veil is significant: received, but veiled. And remember what Saint Paul (Romans 9:3-5) also says:
“…my kin according to the flesh. They are Israelites; theirs the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; theirs the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, is the Messiah. God who is over all be blessed forever. Amen.” (Rom 9:3-5 NAB)