My Father-in Law, "Doc", turned 87 last week. Still very healthy except for severe arthritis in the knees and his hearing is almost completely gone.
When the ship went down, there were 149 crewmen aboard. Fifty one were lost, and eighteen wounded, including my father-in-Law.
"Doc" doesn't talk about the war too much.
I talk about Doc Johnson and his service to our country not because anything he did was particularly special.
The singular thing that strikes me about Doc is his humility regarding his role.
He says, "I don't see anything special about what we did in the war, we were just doing our jobs".
That fact alone is perhaps what makes Doc Johnson and thousands of other veterans special indeed, and why we honor them on this day. Without the unquestioning willingness to do their duty, and the understanding of their responsibility, in spite of danger and overwhelming odds, The United States of America might not exist as the most powerful nation on earth.
And the fact that this country is the most powerful nation of Earth is a testament to the courage and the diligence of the humble American servicemen and women who we honor on this day, Veterans day.
I don't think we can say thank you nearly enough to all of them, but once again, Thank you, Veterans.