See a wordless tribute to our fallen here.
For our children, today we tell you of a man who gave the ultimate sacrifice for your freedom – Milton J. W. He was your Grandpa W’s uncle. That makes him your great-great uncle.
He was a strong & handsome 23 years old when he enlisted in the Army on April 24, 1941. Over the next three years, he was stationed in Northern Ireland, North Africa, and then Italy. On July 1st, 1944 Staff Sgt. W volunteered, being responsible for the safety of the men under him, to disarm a mine that one of his soldiers had discovered. It was a booby trap mine & took his life instantly. Milton W was buried in the American Cemetery at Follonica, Italy on July 8th, 1944. After consulting with her children, Milton’s mother chose to accept the government’s offer to bring Milton home & on March 2, 1949, Milton’s body was brought home to Albert Lea, MN. His grave marker can be seen today next to those of his parents.
Milton W shows us what loyalty, responsibility, & courage looks like. He loved this country enough to give his life for the rest of us to live in freedom. Our family honors his sacrifice & those of so many like him today.
Thank you, Uncle Richard, for collecting the story so we can tell the next generation about our family heroes. We will never forget! Here’s Milton with Grandpa & Uncle Richard…
A special prayer & thank you this Memorial Day to SFC Mark Swedeen in Iraq. Denise & boys, how can I say thank you enough for these months of your sacrifice as well? You all are in our thoughts & prayers often throughout these days.
Another thank you goes out to a “little boy” I babysat all through high school who is also now serving in Iraq, Brian Kentosh. Our thoughts & prayers are with the whole Kentosh family. Thank you for serving, Brian, so we can be free!!
America will only be the land of the free so long as it is the home of the Brave. You are our heroes!