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A True American Hero!

Postby rodee71 » Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:21 pm



I had quite a day today, and I just had to tell you guys about it. It started out with me taking my 93 to the dealer in Harrisonburg, Va, to find out why she's losing power after 30 or 40 minutes at 70 or so mph. My fiance followed me down from Winchester and we left the car at the dealer and went to get a bite to eat on the 93. We had until 4 to leave the dealer the bike, so we got to the Applebees on 33 in about 10 minutes. As we were taking our table, I turned to see an older gentleman with a "Retired USMC" cap on sitting at a table with his, I soon found out, son and his son's wife. Well, as I looked his way while taking off my riding jacket, he crooked his index finger at me as if to say, "Come here". Well, I walked over to him and he pulled out what turned out to be a passle of pictures and handed them to me. I was floored! The first one was a very old photo of a young man sitting on a very old HD, I mean OLD. It was him. For the next 30 minutes, we talked, talked so much that we didn't even order dinner, we were so engrossed in what he had to say. This man, Phillip Davison, is a true American hero. Being a part of the second wave of Marines to hit Iwo Jima was just one of his adventures while serving. He went around the world and back, seeing action in WWII in Europe, Ireland and the Pacific. Born in 1920, he eventually found work as private detective in Washington, DC. His experience there is worth a whole book. Continuing to ride, he has been to the west coast 6 times on different bikes. As I browsed the pictures he handed me, I could see that he was riding at a very late stage in his life, and I asked him when he finally gave it up. His reply, "I'd be riding my bike today but I just had my gall bladder removed." His son said "He really would, too. He still rides. We had to get him a smaller bike he could handle, but he rides a little every chance he gets." And he loves Hondas. I am still amazed tonite as I think of what this man did for me and for all of us as he sacrificed for our country. Do you think we'll ever see a generation as committed to the cause as the men and women that fought for the flag of this great country, who answered the call with little thought or concern for themselves? My Dad was in the 82nd Airborne and dropped into battle 7 times in WWII, but wouldn't talk about it or the 2 purple hearts he got. I feel so insignificant when standing next to these great men of courage. What will we do without them? Phillip was born on December the 7th, 1920. How fitting! Maybe even preordained that he would answer the call to arms 21 years later. Mr. Davison, I salute you. And I hope someday to have the honor of riding next to you. Amen



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Re: A True American Hero!

Postby jhngardner367 » Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:23 am

WELL SAID ,rodee71 !!
I'm busier than a one-legged cat,in a sandbox !
I can't fix it,if it ain't broke...you want me to break it,first ???

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Re: A True American Hero!

Postby seabeechief » Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:34 pm

rodee71, it will take at least two generations of educating our grandchildren and their children to see the love of country expressed by the "greatest generation". At almost 69, I think I was raised in the most fortunate and opportune period in American history. There was no skill involved, it was all luck. My kids were raised with pride and patriotism and grew to be self sufficient and God fearing, law abiding citizens. But my grandchildren and subsequent generations seem to be so different from the boys and girls I grew up with. Things change and people change with the times. But I'm not yet convinced that the changes have been for the better. And never in my lifetime have I seen less respect for the country and the constitution than is being exhibited by the current administration. It will take at least two generations to recover, even IF we have the collective inclination. I wish I could have been there with you to shake that old Marine's hand.

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Re: A True American Hero!

Postby bustedwing » Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:04 pm

I agree with Chief. When you get the chance to talk to a great patriotic person like that it just brings goosebumps to your skin. I think that I have done my fair share of patriotic work, a lot more than some people I know. But these people bring it all into perspective. Yes, I've done some work, but not nearly as much as the dedication the these honorable people have shown. And nowadays the disrespect travels all the way from the Office of the President on down to any Government Office you can point out. And it shows in the schools, not only do we have disregard in colleges anymore, but also High Schools Jr . High, and working twords elementary schools. As a school bus driver, I've had elementary children tell me that they don't have to do what I tell them to do and if I enforce it they will sue me! Now where do you think that comes from? So much for respect.
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Re: A True American Hero!

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:11 am

I couldn't agree more.

Years ago, long before the Internet, I ran a "BBS" - a bulletin board system, where people dialed in to exchange messages. I was part of a network of systems, which exchanged messages amongst each other. One of the other BBS operators was an older gentleman named Jim Sanders. Over the years, I got to know Jim, and eventually even travelled down to Knoxville, TN to meet him. He was a true gentleman, and a WWII hero. A lifetime Air Force officer, he was the BN (bomber/navigator) on a B-17, and also spent some time as a guest of the Germans in Stalag Luft III after being shot down on one of his missions.

He spent lots of time telling me stories, and I encouraged him to write a book about his experiences. He had started doing so when his health started to fail, and he unfortunately passed away in 2005.

I wrote a small Wikipedia page about him, so as to at least have some part of his life memorialized in public: Jim Sanders (USAF Officer)

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Re: A True American Hero!

Postby seabeechief » Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:30 am

WingAdmin wrote:I couldn't agree more.

Years ago, long before the Internet, I ran a "BBS" - a bulletin board system, where people dialed in to exchange messages. I was part of a network of systems, which exchanged messages amongst each other. One of the other BBS operators was an older gentleman named Jim Sanders. Over the years, I got to know Jim, and eventually even travelled down to Knoxville, TN to meet him. He was a true gentleman, and a WWII hero. A lifetime Air Force officer, he was the BN (bomber/navigator) on a B-17, and also spent some time as a guest of the Germans in Stalag Luft III after being shot down on one of his missions.

He spent lots of time telling me stories, and I encouraged him to write a book about his experiences. He had started doing so when his health started to fail, and he unfortunately passed away in 2005.

I wrote a small Wikipedia page about him, so as to at least have some part of his life memorialized in public: Jim Sanders (USAF Officer)


Good article WingAdmin. I read the wiki article, too. You did good. Thanks.

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Re: A True American Hero!

Postby rodee71 » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:36 am

My fiance's father died in 2012 at the age of 93. He, too, was in the AAF in WWII, but would not discuss any of it. A most resilient, resourceful, and practical man, he and his family lived off the land for the most part. As Karen (my much better half) was dying of whooping cough at the age of 3, Mr. Miller developed an unconventional (and heretofore untested) machine that the doctors said saved her life. He subsequently patented the machine. We have the paperwork on the application and approval with the number. He was of the ilk of Jim Sanders, Phillip Davison, and that generation to which we owe our very existence. God bless them and keep them.

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Re: A True American Hero!

Postby bustedwing » Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:12 pm

Thank you Wing for doing what you did with that great mans background. He deserves all the recognition and more. He definitely is of the caliber of person that I was talking about. And Rodee, a lot of old warriors act like that. Not because of something that they have done, but because either they seen so many horrible scenes, or feel guilty because they were allowed to live while others died.


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