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Trailrider1951

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Yes, my Dad was too, a Democrat his whole life

Grew up in poverty during the Great Depression on a farm in Virginia. His father died the summer before Dad turned 16, so the older boys in the family had to get jobs to help support Grandma and the younger siblings. When Dad turned 16, Grandma signed the papers for him to join the Army. This was December, 1940, a year before Pearl Harbor. He was stationed at Ft. Knox, KY and served with the 1st Armored Division. He sent most of his pay back to Grandma.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dad and the 1st Armored Division were part of the Operation Torch landings in North Africa at Oran, Algeria the night of Nov 8-9, 1942. This was the first action of USA Army in the "European Theater" of WWII. They fought in part under General George Patton, and against General Rommel's troops. He was in North Africa until the January, 1944 invasion of Italy at Anzio, where he was wounded (shot in the arm). When D Day happened in June of 1944, Dad was in a tank chasing Germans out the North side of Rome, and continued fighting in Italy until the end of the war.

After the war, he met Mom, married, and worked at North American Aviation in Ohio, where I was born. He was a good and decent man. He was my Hero. He would have been 94 next week. Happy Birthday, Daddy. I miss you every day.
Posted by Trailrider1951 | Sat Dec 1, 2018, 06:40 PM (1 replies)

Happy Birthday, Amtrak! I absolutely LOVE riding the train!

It is so much better than flying! Here is what a typical coach class seat looks like:

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Compare that to your typical coach seat on an airplane. But you aren't belted into your seat for the trip, so you can get up and walk around. You can visit the Sightseer lounge if you like:

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There is a snack concession stand downstairs where you can purchase sandwiches and drinks. With the large wrap-around windows, it is the perfect place to take in the sights outside the window. Like the California coast:

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Or the Pecos River in West Texas:

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Or a blizzard in Arizona:

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Or Dealy Plaza in Dallas:

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But you don't have to buy you food in the Snack bar or the Dining Car if you don't want to. The food they sell is very expensive, so I bring all my own food aboard. This is a typical lunch:

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Cost is about $3. A typical dinner costs about $4, except for the booze:

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Coach passengers cannot partake of their own supply of alcohol, but sleeper passengers may bring their own. You can also get off the train at the longer stops, if you smoke:

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And you get to visit some historic old stations, like Union Station in Los Angeles:

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In two weeks, I get my next trip from Texas to Seattle to visit my son. I can't wait! Thanks, Amtrak!
Posted by Trailrider1951 | Mon May 2, 2016, 01:01 PM (0 replies)
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