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**Vanity** Prayers for WWII Vet
sweet_diane

Posted on 03/31/2004 6:55:23 AM PST by sweet_diane

I am posting this in request for prayers for my parents. My father has been receiving dialysis for over a year now and has moved into the moderate stage of Alzheimer's. Over the last month it has been very difficult for him to get to the clinic for dialysis and even with the treatments he was always in pain and uncomfortable. My mother and my sisters and I have decided to stop the dialysis and hospice is coming in to help ease his pain.

Daddy was a B-17 pilot in WWII and received several medals including a Purple Heart. He was a Co-Pilot in the Aphrodite mission, the same experimental program that took the life of Joe Kennedy. In his later years he reconnected with the members of his crew of the 'Sittin' Pretty' and enjoyed participating in the 8th Air Force Historical Society. After service and graduating from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) he met and married my mother. In the late 70's he retired from the FAA where he was an Air Traffic Controller and he and my mother moved to the Gulf Coast of Alabama.

Stopping the dialysis treatment is like removing any form of life support, not an easy decision for anyone, especially my mother who has been his primary caregiver, yet it is the only right decision to be made. He has no quality of life and hospice can offer him comfort in his final days (at least that what we are praying for).

I thank God for every second of my 43 years with Daddy. He's a man of dignity and character no matter how hard the Alzheimer's tries to strip that away and I ask that my fellow FReepers would lift him in prayer in these, his final days.


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Thank you.
1 posted on 03/31/2004 6:55:24 AM PST by sweet_diane
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To: sweet_diane
Prayers from my family to yours.
2 posted on 03/31/2004 6:58:24 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Proud member of the right wing extremist Neanderthals.)
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To: sweet_diane
God Bless your Dad and the whole family. He has this one last mission to complete and he will go home to God in the Wild Blue Yonder.
3 posted on 03/31/2004 6:59:37 AM PST by ex-snook (Be Patriotic - STOP outsourcing in the War on American Jobs.)
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To: sweet_diane; trussell; kayak; Ff--150; 4ConservativeJustices; stainlessbanner; pubmom; LeeMcCoy
prayers lifted up for your family right now for peace and strength
4 posted on 03/31/2004 7:00:19 AM PST by billbears (Deo Vindice.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult; ex-snook
Thank you so much
5 posted on 03/31/2004 7:01:10 AM PST by sweet_diane ("Will I dance for you Jesus? Or in awe of You be still? I can only imagine..I can only imagine.")
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To: sweet_diane
Prayers going out for you and your family, Diane. My father was also a B-17 pilot in WWII (8th Air Force, 385th Bomb Group). He was a man of integrity and honor, humor and love, my hero. I lost him six years ago but still talk to him every day. Rest in the knowledge that you are the daughter of one of America's finest.
6 posted on 03/31/2004 7:02:12 AM PST by Quilla
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To: sweet_diane
You and your family are in my prayers. May God provide all of you with strength of your spiritual convictions.
7 posted on 03/31/2004 7:03:33 AM PST by Cboldt
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To: sweet_diane; Johnny Gage
Prayers sent! JG, don't you run a prayer ping list?
8 posted on 03/31/2004 7:04:09 AM PST by jtminton (<><)
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To: Quilla
Thank you for the comforting words (from you and everyone). Daddy was 96th Bomb Group and like your dad, he is my hero as well.
9 posted on 03/31/2004 7:04:32 AM PST by sweet_diane ("Will I dance for you Jesus? Or in awe of You be still? I can only imagine..I can only imagine.")
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To: sweet_diane
God bless your Dad, Dianne. I was on dialysis for six years, and it had a mortality rate like a combat infantry platoon. I'm sure you've made the right choice.
10 posted on 03/31/2004 7:08:15 AM PST by MoralSense
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To: sweet_diane
We're fast losing the greatest generation. At a support the troops rally a couple of weeks ago, there was a WWII veteran there - with his portable oxygen tank and cane. I couldn't help thinking that before too long, there will be none who were there during that war.

God grant your father a gentle and peaceful passing, and comfort to you and yours. The nation will not forget the great sacrifices of his generation.
11 posted on 03/31/2004 7:09:10 AM PST by Robert Teesdale
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To: sweet_diane
Actually, it is we who should thank you and your father for his service.

My father, who was with the 509th Composite Group on Tinian, recently passed away as well. We were faced with a similar decision as yours. He was coherent enough to make the choice himself. My only regret was that he passed away before we were able to get to the hospital that morning (we were spending every available hour with him for over 40 days).

These WWII vets were truly from the greatest generation.
12 posted on 03/31/2004 7:10:27 AM PST by Skywarner (Enjoying freedom? Thank a Veteran!)
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To: sweet_diane
God be with you and your family. I know how hard it has been for you, I took care of my father with alzheimer's for the last two years of his life. It is devastating for the family members. I pray GOD takes him home soon.
13 posted on 03/31/2004 7:11:55 AM PST by GrandMoM (GOD is working in secret, behind the scenes even when it looks like nothing will ever change! JM)
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To: Quilla
My late mother in law's cousin...great site.

http://www.cloudnet.com/~jfb/

14 posted on 03/31/2004 7:12:39 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Gay marriage is for suckers...)
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To: MoralSense
Bless your heart.. six years is a long time. I'm so glad to see you here!

Daddy's identical twin passed in 1973 due to kidney cancer. In 1984 cancer was found in daddys right kidney (his bros cancer started in his left kidney). They removed the kidney and all the cancer. My uncle passed around the 1st of April and here we are all these years later around the 1st of April.

15 posted on 03/31/2004 7:12:59 AM PST by sweet_diane ("Will I dance for you Jesus? Or in awe of You be still? I can only imagine..I can only imagine.")
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To: sweet_diane
Prayers.
16 posted on 03/31/2004 7:16:23 AM PST by TXBSAFH (KILL-9 needs no justification.)
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To: ErnBatavia
I've save the site..thank you so much! Daddy flew out of England and over Germany. This site gives me wonderful insight to his flying days. :)
17 posted on 03/31/2004 7:17:05 AM PST by sweet_diane ("Will I dance for you Jesus? Or in awe of You be still? I can only imagine..I can only imagine.")
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To: RnMomof7
Could you ping your list? Thank you.
18 posted on 03/31/2004 7:47:39 AM PST by sweet_diane ("Will I dance for you Jesus? Or in awe of You be still? I can only imagine..I can only imagine.")
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To: sweet_diane
Prayers for a brave man and his family.
19 posted on 03/31/2004 7:50:01 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Just once I'd like to get by on my looks.)
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To: sweet_diane
For your dad...

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high unsurpassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

20 posted on 03/31/2004 7:59:44 AM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter
Thank you so much for posting this skeeter. The first time I heard High Flight recited was at my uncles funeral as he too was a pilot (B-24 i think it was called?).
21 posted on 03/31/2004 8:22:37 AM PST by sweet_diane ("Will I dance for you Jesus? Or in awe of You be still? I can only imagine..I can only imagine.")
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VETERAN PRAYER PING
22 posted on 03/31/2004 8:28:20 AM PST by Johnny Gage (God Bless our Firefighters, our Police and our EMS responders, and our Veterans!)
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To: sweet_diane
Please be sure to visit the daily Canteen and FoxHole threads here too.

They do wonderful work on military history and troop support activities.

Daily Fox Hole Threads

Daily Canteen Threads

23 posted on 03/31/2004 8:36:18 AM PST by Johnny Gage (God Bless our Firefighters, our Police and our EMS responders, and our Veterans!)
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To: sweet_diane
Offering my prayers.
24 posted on 03/31/2004 8:38:25 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Please answer our prayers.)
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To: sweet_diane
Another soldier fades away. He seems to have had a good life.

My father is a 78 year old ex-marine, he is still going strong, thank god, (sometimes too strong).
25 posted on 03/31/2004 8:39:54 AM PST by Conservomax (shill: One who poses as a satisfied customer or an enthusiastic gambler to dupe bystanders into part)
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To: Johnny Gage
BTTT!!!!!!
26 posted on 03/31/2004 8:40:09 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: sweet_diane
Prayers and comfort for you and your family. Your father sounds like one great man. Cherish the memories.
27 posted on 03/31/2004 9:03:24 AM PST by Texagirl4W (Only when we have knelt before God, can we stand before man. -Anonymous)
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To: Conservomax
My father is a 78 year old ex-marine

I once made the mistake of calling my dad that to his face.

28 posted on 03/31/2004 10:16:04 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Johnny Gage
Prayer bump
29 posted on 03/31/2004 10:47:35 AM PST by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: sweet_diane; Johnny Gage
Prayers are being said for your dad, your mom and for your entire family.

Whisper a "thank you" in his ear for his service to this great country... and God bless him as he begins his final journey home.

Logan, Beth & Nana
30 posted on 03/31/2004 4:50:34 PM PST by Texas Termite (Freepers are Frabulous !!!)
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To: sweet_diane
prayers going up for your father and hero. Your heart wrenching decision is a gift of love for your dad, giving him his remaining time within the family, loved, is a lot better than prolonging his misery. God bless him, you and your family.
31 posted on 03/31/2004 6:45:40 PM PST by etabeta
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Prayer ping.

Please post your replies to sweet_diane

sweet_diane, My prayers going up for your family now.

billbears, Johnny Gage- thank you for the pings.

Blessings,
Trussell


If you want on or off my prayer ping list, please let me know. All requests happily honored.
32 posted on 03/31/2004 7:35:14 PM PST by trussell (Member: Viking Kitty Society; Charter member: Troll Patrol...)
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Heavenly Father, we return to give You thanks that we can join Diane in prayer for the desire of her heart ... that the final days of her beloved Dad will be peaceful and free from pain. Look with mercy upon him, O Lord ... one who has served his family and his country so very well. Fill this time with warm memories and grateful hearts and family and friends who will hold them close, for the tears will fall and the hearts will break, but You are Comfort and Grace and Mercy. Walk with them, sweet Jesus, and lead them through this time of grief into the joy of life eternal. In the Name of Jesus, I pray, Amen ...
33 posted on 03/31/2004 8:15:23 PM PST by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word ...)
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To: sweet_diane
Prayer bump.
34 posted on 03/31/2004 9:01:17 PM PST by tiki
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To: sweet_diane
May the Lord fortify and sustain you and your family.
We are grateful for his service.
My family has now lost all of it's WWII participants. They were a special breed, I think.
35 posted on 03/31/2004 9:12:43 PM PST by Spirited
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sweet diane, thank you for sharing your personal story. I thank your father for his service. I offer prayers for this really tough decision. I know from experience it is very difficult, yet very necessary. May your healing and your fathers peace be quick.
36 posted on 03/31/2004 9:16:08 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: sweet_diane
May God hold you and your family close to Him now and give you peace. May He strengthen you for the decisions you will have to make and guide those who care for your father, in Jesus' name.

Carolyn

37 posted on 04/01/2004 3:16:58 AM PST by CDHart
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To: sweet_diane
You and your father have my prayers, Diane.
38 posted on 04/01/2004 3:25:49 AM PST by ShadowDancer
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To: Johnny Gage
I'm posting this to you Johnny because of your pretty flashing sign :) Yet it goes to everyone.. thank you so much.

My father passed on to Glory last evening (Wed) while I was enjoying time with my church family. He had my mom right by his side and he was in his home.

I'm going to be with mom this morning and begin to make arrangements.

Again, thank you all so much for your comforting words, thoughts and prayers.

diane and family

39 posted on 04/01/2004 5:08:07 AM PST by sweet_diane ("Will I dance for you Jesus? Or in awe of You be still? I can only imagine..I can only imagine.")
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To: sweet_diane

please see Post 39 for an update on Diane's father.
40 posted on 04/01/2004 8:15:20 AM PST by Johnny Gage (Only through God's help can men be pure for their wives and ourselves.)
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please see Post 39 for an update on Diane's father.

(remembering the ping list, this time)

41 posted on 04/01/2004 8:16:25 AM PST by Johnny Gage (Only through God's help can men be pure for their wives and ourselves.)
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To: Johnny Gage
BTTT!!!!!!
42 posted on 04/01/2004 8:38:38 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: sweet_diane
God bless you and your family, Diane. Thank You, Dear Lord, for giving us the hope of a better tomorrow and the knowledge that we will one day be joined with our loved ones who have gone before us.
43 posted on 04/01/2004 8:47:05 AM PST by Texagirl4W (Only when we have knelt before God, can we stand before man. -Anonymous)
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To: sweet_diane
Prayers from the nephew of another 8th Air Force vet.
44 posted on 04/01/2004 8:50:11 AM PST by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: sweet_diane
God be with you and your family. It's difficult for you, but he will be with old friends when he goes home.
45 posted on 04/01/2004 8:56:05 AM PST by mabelkitty (A tuning, a Vote in the topic package to the starting US presidency election fight)
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To: sweet_diane
God be with you and your family. It's difficult for you, but he will be with old friends when he goes Home.

EDIT: Home, not home.
46 posted on 04/01/2004 8:56:26 AM PST by mabelkitty (A tuning, a Vote in the topic package to the starting US presidency election fight)
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To: sweet_diane; Johnny Gage
God bless all of you.....

Logan, Beth & Nana
47 posted on 04/01/2004 12:53:30 PM PST by Texas Termite (Freepers are Frabulous !!!)
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To: sweet_diane
Prayers for your dad and your whole family. Also, a heartfelt thank you for his bravery and service to our country. Freedom lives here because of people like your father. God bless you all.
48 posted on 04/01/2004 12:58:48 PM PST by WV Mountain Mama (The Sunni Triangle, hopefully soon to be the Bermuda Triangle, sunnis go in but they don't come out.)
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To: sweet_diane
God Bless your family.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss, and glad he and your mom could be together until the end.
Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
I am thankful for your dad's service to our country.
Sincerely,
M0sby
49 posted on 04/01/2004 2:49:19 PM PST by M0sby (PROUD USMC WIFE!)
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To: sweet_diane
Prayers on the way.

redrock

50 posted on 04/01/2004 2:55:56 PM PST by redrock ("One man with courage....makes a majority"---Andrew Jackson)
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