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Posted: 12/23/2005 5:59:41 AM EDT
My grandfather passed away this morning at 8:30.

He volunteered for the Marine Corps at age 17 in 1942. He served at Guadalcanal, Bogenville and Munda.

He returned to the states after the war, married my grandmother and adopted my 11 year old father and raised him as his own son.

He spent 20 years of his retirement living on my parents farm. He hunted, fished and walked the property once or twice a day until only a few months ago when his condition began to deteriorate. He had thanksgiving dinnner with us and the entire family.

He is a hero to his country for his service. He is a hero to his family for being an exemplar for the greatest generation.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 6:00:46 AM EDT
Sorry for your loss.

Link Posted: 12/23/2005 6:01:08 AM EDT
My condolences.

Link Posted: 12/23/2005 6:03:10 AM EDT


Sorry for the loss, another of the greats gone. They are leaving us faster and faster.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 6:04:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By osprey21:
My condolences.




He will be missed.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 6:07:09 AM EDT
R.I.P.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 6:08:45 AM EDT
He is now with his Brothers.

R. I. P. Marine.

Link Posted: 12/23/2005 6:10:04 AM EDT
Sorry for your loss.

Link Posted: 12/23/2005 6:12:25 AM EDT

Link Posted: 12/23/2005 9:39:52 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 9:41:37 AM EDT
Semper Fi, RIP Marine.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 9:49:21 AM EDT
RIP.

At least everyone got a last Thanksgiving.

Sounds like he had a full life.

That's all any of us can ask for, really.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 9:58:24 AM EDT
Rest In Peace MARINE

Link Posted: 12/23/2005 10:00:05 AM EDT
He chewed some tough dirt. RIP Marine.

Link Posted: 12/23/2005 10:00:21 AM EDT
The World War 2 guys are dying off. My dad is still around, but his mind is long gone to greener pastures.

Link Posted: 12/23/2005 10:05:34 AM EDT
RIP Brother

Semper Fi
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 10:07:44 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 10:12:38 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 10:19:21 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/23/2005 10:22:26 AM EDT by JHaines]
Semper Fidelis Devil Dog.
Rest in Peace.

I lost my grandfather, Brigadier General O.B. "Jack" Franks, a year ago January 2nd.
I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 10:20:04 AM EDT
RIP Devildog!
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 10:24:18 AM EDT
Semper Fi!

RIP Marine.


TXLEWIS
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 10:52:01 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 11:19:09 AM EDT
My condolences to you and your family.

Link Posted: 12/23/2005 11:47:58 AM EDT
Salt of the Earth.

RIP, Marine.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 12:20:38 PM EDT
Sorry for your loss kindstranger.

But, for his service, he received that which not many will get.

A full life, 20 years of retirement on a nice farm hunting and fishing... grateful family...

He was surely blessed.

RIP Marine

Dram s/f
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 12:41:37 PM EDT
"If the Army and the Navy ever gaze on Heaven's scenes.
they will find the streets are guarded by the United States Marines."


Dread naught kindstranger. Your grandfather has just reported to his final duty station. His post is secure. It is clear Chester Dewart Leonard will live in your heart forever, which is the greatest honor ANY grandfather can receive.

May God bless you and your family.

Semper Fi
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:18:14 PM EDT


Another of the best generation... Cherish your memories.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:20:11 PM EDT
Condolences sent.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 5:13:07 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 5:26:10 PM EDT
R.I.P. Marine...Semper Fi

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