I'm a proud U.S. Navy veteran, having served on an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War, but on this and every Veteran's Day, I think of my late father.
My father, Edward M. Davis (seen in the center of the above photo), was a Navy chief and UDT frogman who fought in the Pacific during WWII.
Armed with only a knife and a satchel of explosives, he hit the beaches of Saipan, Tinian, Leyte and other Japanese-held islands just prior to the Marine landings.
He was a hell of a man.
My older brother is also a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.