Thank you for your service. I do not know your MOS; it wasn't Say hi to him in heaven, his name is Sam. Tomorrow is Independence Day, and it is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
Remembering An American Hero
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
My Mother, Shirley Gangstee's favorite, only brother. Uncle Ray (47 yrs) was a large presence in our family. Grandma, Ruth Bristol,was very proud of her son. He served in WWII, Battle of the Bulge, Korea and died of a heart attack the day he was to come home from Viet Nam. All of us were looking forward to his return and impending retirement to Seattle with his wife Kay and 2 boys, Guy Jr. and Craig. Now, 2012, Mom, Grandma, Kay and son Guy, (AF buried at Ft. Sam Houston, TX) have all joined Uncle Ray. My Dad, Richard Gangstee 89yrs, and Ray were friends - met in CYC in MN in 1942. They were sent to Seattle to work for the war effort. Ray enlisted and Dad worked at Bremerton Ship Yards til the end of the war. Dad plans to be buried next to Uncle Ray with my Mom when the time comes. Mom and Dad's trips to Europe when Ray was stationed in Germany are still highlights that are reminisced about. Uncle Ray has never been forgotten, he's visited at his grave in Seattle and has been visited at the wall in WA DC by any family member who gets to DC. I will work on getting a picture attached.