Posts Tagged ‘Vietnam’

My Dad–Lt. Col. Bernie Claxton, USAF-Retired  Happy Father’s Day 2014. My Dad has the distinction of being the only person I’ve ever known who got thrown out of a little league baseball game.  It happened in 1974 or ’75, perhaps’76, but he was our coach. The umpire was making calls that Dad felt weren’t being […]

MEMORIAL DAY 2014  – Honoring A Fallen Hero It was two days before my sixth birthday that USAF soldier Sgt.  Thomas E. Fike was killed in Viet Nam on a helicopter piloted by my dad. They were flying over the jungle near Saigon. My dad wrote in a report that they’d seen a “black” something […]

In military families there are some things that seldom, if ever, really get discussed openly and freely.  Hollywood loves to spin tales of heroism in war but it’s only on rare occasions when someone slips in a military family and the word gets out–and even then, the details remain glossed over.  And so on this […]




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