Robert Turner 1930-2008
My dad served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Like many other young men at the time, he joined the military while still in high school, and received his GED while in the service.
My dad, age 18, at Biggs Air Force Base in Texas
As a Veteran, my dad was active with the American Legion, the VWF, and the Delaware County Veteran's Association. He placed great importance on participating in funerals for American Veterans, and marched in parades each year on the 4th of July and Veteran's Day.
Over the last couple of years, my dad was very active in lobbying for and helping to build the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial, which honors men and women from Ohio who have given their lives in military service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most days he was there working, rain or shine, along with many other members of his local Legion Post, #457, to make this memorial a reality.
My dad and Col. Bowman (Ret.)
In summer of 2007, my dad was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer. Following surgery and radiation treatment, he passed away this spring shortly after his 78th birthday.
Crosses at the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial
My dad felt it was important to honor the contributions of America's Veterans. As my favorite veteran, I dedicate today's blog post to him.