We are so thankful for the men and women who have served our country and defended our freedom!
In the leadup to Veterans Day, we asked veterans across Sagora communities to share their experiences with us, including the lessons they learned and their favorite memories from their time in the US Armed Forces. We’re so thankful for those who shared their experiences with us. Here are the stories from veterans at Elison Independent Living of Statesman Club in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
James “Jim” P. served in the Air Force from 1965-1969, working in radar repair. One of the first things that he learned in the Air Force was its 10 rules of conduct. “They still have a great bearing on my life,” he says. “I felt the time spent in the Air Force was the best growing-up time of my life.”
Larry F. served in the Air Force Reserves and Air National Guard from 1958-1964, working as a clerk. He spent ten months in France while on active duty. “It made me realize the value of education and motivated me to go back to school,” he says. “Everyone could benefit from a tour in the military.”
Stan A. was in the Air Force from 1957-1960 before doing an additional 26 years in the Air Force Reserve. He worked in a command role, loading and unloading aircraft. “I learned how to be disciplined, how to follow orders and how to dress properly,” he says. “The military teaches you respect for your peers.” Stan recalls a visit from one of those peers, a military inspector sent to evaluate Stan’s unit. The inspector, he says, turned out to be a familiar face, an old college friend. “We were shocked to see each other,” he says.
Charles T. served in the Air Force from 1950-1953, working in supplies. During his time in the service, he met his wife while he was stationed in Fort Worth. “The service taught me structure,” he says. “Everyone should give three years of service.”
Bernie N. served in the Marines from 1947-1950. He spent two years at sea, sailing the world. He credits the Marines with teaching him discipline. “Once a Marine, always a Marine,” he says.
Dale G. served in the Navy from 1972-1997, working in the medical field. He met his wife on active duty and credits the Navy for helping them raise “a wonderful family.” He says his favorite memory was getting commissioned as an officer.
Glenda G., Dale’s wife, was a nurse in the Navy from 1969-1976, during the Vietnam War. Her service helped her realize the sacrifices that service members and their families make. “I always appreciate service members,” she said.