Monday, February 2, 2009

veteran dad, II



















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feburary 2, 2009: today, representative patrick kennedy honored u.s. army veteran albert p. martineau by presenting him with awards earned during world war II.

kennedy presented the 85 year-old martineau with the following awards:
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.........................................................the distinguished flying cross

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                        • distinguished flying cross
                        • air medal (three oak leaf clusters)
                        • marksmanship badge with carbine bar
                        • european-african-middle eastern campaign medal
                        • world war II victory medal
                        • honorary service lapel button
                        • american campaign
                        • good conduct medal


















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                        it is interesting to note that, typical of men of that era, al has never spoken to any of us about any of these awards. ..the honors came as a suprise to us.
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                        albert was accompanied by several members of his family, including:
                        • josephine martineau (wife)
                        • clare dunn (daughter) & her husband, jerry dunn
                        • lawrence martineau (son) & his wife, rosalie martineau
                        • donna amaral (daughter) & her husband, tom amaral
                        • leonard martineau (son)
                        • joe martineau (son)
                        • john martineau (son)
                        • steve martineau (son)
                        • peter martineau (grandson), & his wife sarah martineau
                        • rob dunn (grandson), his wife, jennifer dunn & their daughter madison
                        • cheryl huntley (granddaughter), her husband (buddy) & their children (luke & liliana)


                        representative kennedy made several references to the valor and courage of those who fought in world war II -- especially those who risked their lives in bombers as "sitting ducks" for enemy gunfire.

                        below: a picture of two b-17 bombers, flying through explosive "flack" during a mission.













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                        below: this picture was drawn by john martineau, in honor of dad's service.


                        below: the post award-ceremony feast





















                        ...the graphics of the awards and the pictures of the bombers were imported from a web source (unknown).


                        4 comments:

                        1. Congratulations Al! What an honor it is to know you. Thank you for your service and fighting for our freedom. You must feel so blessed to have such a wonderful wife and kids by your side. Bask in the glory!

                          Love,
                          Jean

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                        2. Jean,
                          You would have cried. It was a once in a lifetime experience! :) Love,Len

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                        3. So glad I was able to go!!! It was so neat to see Grandpa honored this way!

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                        4. Thank you for honoring Dad/Grandpa. It has been GREAT to grow up in a family that honors parents/children.

                          You can see Mom/Grandma's eyes light up whenever her kids (and grand-kids, and great-grand-kids)are present.

                          All four generations were represented at this event, as two grandchildren (Cheryl, Rob) attended -- along with their spouses AND parents AND children.

                          Many of the attendees took time off from work (during a time when work itself is a blessing) in order to share this moment.

                          :) Wow!

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