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I and my father and uncle loved our red, white, blue flag, as we were in the service of the good United States of America. We loved our flag.

I'm a 79-year-old male, and I'm a lifetime VFW member. I was also in the color guard.

My father was in before Wold War II started in 1939. He was in the U.S. Navy Seabees and was all over the Pacific and also got a Purple Heart. He was a deep sea diver. He always loved the U.S. flag because he loved the USA.

My uncle was also a Navy man during WW II. He was a second class petty officer and repaired airplanes. Mostly in the good USA.

I signed up for the U.S. Navy when I was 16 years old.

I loved and still love our USA flag.

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My service time took me all over, from California, in the San Diego Moth Ball Fleet on the U.S.S. Blue Ridge. This was just living quarters while taking ships apart.

Next I went to Kodiak, Alaska, and worked with the C.U.B.S. (Construction Unit Battalion Seabees), part of the Seabees. Next I was shipped to tugboat duty as an engine man. I spent 19 months there.

My next duty was on a aircraft carrier, the USS Boxer CVA 21, where I became main control throttle man. 

I also served in the 1st Marine Division in Korea.

I wish the schools would teach more about our beautiful flag.

- Bill Gleason, Lowell

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Porter County Government Reporter

Senior reporter Doug Ross, an award-winning writer, has been covering Northwest Indiana for more than 35 years, including more than a quarter of a century at The Times.