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A Letter To My Hero

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A Letter To My Hero

  


November 19, 2001


Dear Doc and Doris,

	It’s been such a long time since I’ve seen you. I believe it was some years ago at the Sims reunion. That was several years before we moved here to Florida after my retirement.

	I talk to Dorothy and W. D. fairly often and got your address from them a couple of months ago.  I also have a recent picture of you that was taken at Mike’s funeral in Marlow.

	I suppose it was something about that picture that caused me to begin reflecting on when I was a kid in Cameron many years ago.  We lived down below the railroad tracks there just south of the jailhouse.  I was just a kid 6 or 7 years old. Then later we moved to Houston where Dorothy and Daddy went to work in the shipyard.  I remember during those years thinking often of my cousin Carl Sims and his brother Melton Sims who were far away fighting the war against the Germans in Europe.  I still have pictures of you somewhere showing you in your uniform.  Doc, I remember how proud I was to tell everyone about my cousins in the army and how I wanted to grow up and be a soldier and fight the Germans.  

	In the last couple of years those memories have been revisited with the release of the movies “Saving Private Ryan” and even more recently, “Band of Brothers.”  Having never experienced the horrors of war, I look upon these two movies as the most realistic presentation of wartime action ever made.  Even at that, I’m sure they haven’t portrayed what it was really like. 

	Doc, I write you now having much more hindsight than when I was an impressionable kid.  But the years have not robbed me of the pride I have in calling you my hero. I think of those years when I was but a child and you, a young soldier. I remember how excited I was to hear any news about my cousins in the army. And I remember the sadness in hearing of Melton being killed in action. 

	Though time has painted a different picture for each of us, those things that linger in our memory can still be seen through the eyes of a child and a young soldier. I look at that recent picture of you and still see my hero. I see a young soldier in uniform and feel the same pride well up inside a young kid in Cameron.  
	
Doc, I wanted you to know these things.  I could have kept them hidden inside my heart and never told anyone.  But, they are mine to do with as I please. And I choose to send them to you and Doris with the love I have for you. As Christians, we know that the love we are sharing in Jesus Christ will be eternal. I believe the respect and admiration I hold you in for what you did will also last forever.  

	Maybe we will get back to Texas one of these days.  If so, I hope to have the time to come by Mexia and see you.  If not, who knows, someday a kid may tug on the sleeve of a young soldier. The young soldier might turn to find a freckle-faced kid, joyful in the presence of his hero.

	Doc, if not before, I’ll see you in Glory. I send you respect and most of all, love.

With eternal admiration,
John

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  1. Date: 9/1/2014 9:46:00 AM
    I love to write stories, and equally read compellers such as this. Truely though, giving God the glory in all we do, big or small, is a daily yield to the power of the Holy Spirit. This was a moving piece of literature I enjoyed, brutally honest and written humbly from the heart. Thomas (Texas Cowboy)

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    Date: 9/11/2014 12:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thomas, you flatter me in your comment. I appreciate your visit and value the wisdom you put into your review..... May all the heroes rest in eternal peace. No one is more deserving.... Regards Jake
  1. Date: 9/15/2013 2:49:00 PM
    This is a very nice letter/ memory. True "love" is not often shared. My mom was a Rosie the riveter when the war started. In Oakland Ca, before marriage & kids ;}

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 9/15/2013 6:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    This was an easy one to write. I worshipped my cousins who went to war.... Thanks for the visit.... Jake
  1. Date: 9/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
    It was so thoughtful of you to have written this letter. As you said - sometimes things are left unsaid. Thanks for sharing this with us too. I see that you have not written in sometime. I hope you are well. Take care and God bless you.... Lucilla

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 9/8/2013 4:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, sweetheart.... I appreciate your comments and concern. I've just been out of pocket for awhile... Jake
  1. Date: 7/9/2013 2:48:00 PM
    Excellent read Jake, I don't watch much to do with war, it leaves me cold, but I did like 'Saving Pte Ryan that was a very realistic film. thanks for the read, my friend Peter

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    Date: 7/9/2013 3:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Peter, Doc was so much a hero to me I felt compelled to tell him before he passed away. Sometimes things are left painfully unsaid. No regrets on sending this to Doc... It put a smile on his face.... Jake
  1. Date: 7/7/2013 7:08:00 AM
    I remember a hero of our family. He fought in WW 2, including the Battle of Iwo Jima. But his faith in God remained strong until he passed away. Great memories you shared! Thanks and have a wonderful day! JP

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    Date: 7/7/2013 8:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, dear friend. Doc was taken to glory a couple of years ago. His memory is still treasured by this young kid in Cameron.... Jake
  1. Date: 7/6/2013 9:43:00 PM
    WOW WOW AND WOW... I am in awe here. So many emotions flooding back from my childhood in the fifties and our basement dugout ( under the house bomb shelter). My mother's stories of working with German POW's in the potato fields in Idaho...My uncle who was a medic at the beaches of Normandy...your lovely poem exemplifies the heroic acts of the best human beings on earth and the most chilling tragic circumstances... You have moved mountains more than imaginable...

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 7/6/2013 9:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thanks, my sweet friend. I believe Doc can see even better now how much that kid adored him.... and still does..... Jake
  1. Date: 6/9/2013 2:20:00 PM
    - Very proficient and beautiful written, John! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 6/9/2013 2:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your visit. I always welcome a visit from my dear Anne... Love ya always... Jake
  1. Date: 6/9/2013 7:41:00 AM
    Excellent. Beautifully written. Tfs

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    Date: 6/9/2013 1:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, My friend. I appreciate your visit
  1. Date: 6/8/2013 10:10:00 AM
    Beautifully written. It is never too late to tell someone what they mean to us.

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 6/9/2013 1:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, I really adored him.... Jake
  1. Date: 6/8/2013 8:59:00 AM
    John this is a wonderful piece of work. Wow! I enjoyed reading this one. Kim

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 6/9/2013 1:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Kim, this was straight from my heart...Jake
  1. Date: 6/7/2013 9:54:00 PM
    Jake, you know you have always been a top favoriteof mine since I discovered you and this letter is a reflection of why...God bless...

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 6/8/2013 6:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Donna, this comment on my letter tells me more about you than one might realize. You are precious and I treasure your visits.... Love ya... Jake
  1. Date: 6/7/2013 6:53:00 AM
    Wow! Wonderful John,I'm a first time reader of your work and I must say that I'm truly impressed.Adding you to my favourite list.

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 6/7/2013 2:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My Friend, I greatly appreciate your comment and will try to maintain the caliber of work that sparked that comment.... Thanks... Jake
  1. Date: 6/6/2013 8:59:00 PM
    How thoughtful to make this letter for your cousin. It is always nice to have a hero in our lives. I bet he was thrilled to receive this. love phyl

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    Date: 6/7/2013 4:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes, Cousin Carl (Doc) was really special, not only in the eyes of the child, but, also in the heart of the man I grew up to be. Thanks for your comments.... Jake
  1. Date: 6/6/2013 6:47:00 PM
    gosh what a very thoughtful and wonderful letter this is. So nice!!

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 6/6/2013 7:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Andrea, I was hoping you would read this one. It shows a little different side to Jake.... Love ya dearly.... Jake
  1. Date: 6/6/2013 10:27:00 AM
    wow! nothing to say but amazed!

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 6/6/2013 11:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, dearest Elai. He was very special to me.... Jake
  1. Date: 6/3/2013 4:23:00 PM
    What a tribute. I am truly, truly impressed with the message here. Wonderful job!

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 6/3/2013 5:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Drake, my friend, your fine work adds credibility to your comments.... Jake
  1. Date: 6/3/2013 10:30:00 AM
    A warm heartfelt write, John lovely xx

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 6/3/2013 5:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Mandy, I treasure your comment and am always thrilled with your visits.... Hugs to ya..Jake
  1. Date: 6/3/2013 7:47:00 AM
    Thanks for this glimpse into your life and heart. I love how the warmth jumps from the page. Just a heartfelt conversation with a friend. I am sure your friend was greatly moved.

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 6/3/2013 9:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Richard, your comments are appreciated.... Jake
  1. Date: 6/2/2013 8:11:00 PM
    This is such a beautiful and heart felt letter to your hero, I hope it is true and that you mailed it to him, he will be delighted, I admire your well spoken word here, love to you and yours xxx

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    Date: 6/2/2013 8:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Rose. Yes, this is real. My hero passed on to join his brother in glory two years ago. I thank God I had the time to tell him what he meant to me. He accepted it with the grace I knew he would. ...Jake