11th hour, 11th day, 11th month

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by armedandsafe, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the guns fell silent. The soldiers quietly climbed out of their trenches and looked across the lines warily. Then they carefully withdrew to begin the slow process of putting their lives back together.

    At about 14:00 hours that day, a young man, 17 years old, who had enlisted at the age of 14 was riding his motorcycle down a back road in France, heading for Headquarters with messages from the front lines. His rear wheels skidded a bit on a corner and tripped a mine which had been planted in the side of the road. He was badly injured and the motorcycle was totally wrecked.

    He picked up the courier bag and set off, limping, for Headquarters, which was in sight in the hollow below him. By the time he got to the encampment, he was crawling, but he delivered the messages.

    After many months, he was returned to his family, missing his left arm at the shoulder, a large bit of his left thigh and about half of his left foot. It took many more months before he was full able to survive on his own. He managed to get some more education and supported himself and his wife and children doing office and accounting work. His final job was with the Boulder Dam construction project in Boulder City, Nevada. He then retired to a little house on Avenue I, in Boulder City.

    While he lived there, he befriended and mentored a child who lived next door. He taught him how to garden in that desert climate, how to do things that required 3 hands, as he did things which required 2 hands. He taught him how to shape wood with basic hand tools and produce fine products for loved ones. He taught him how to look at rocks as more than flinging-at-birds objects. He taught him how to ask very personal questions without prying into very personal parts of a person's life.

    Rest in Peace, Jim Salee. I loved you, though I didn't know how to show it well.

    Pops (Bobby)
  2. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    Thanks for the story, Pops.

  3. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

    Sounds like an extraordinary gentlemen. God rest his soul.
  4. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    Rest Easy ALL who have served

    Lest We Forget
  5. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    WOW!!! That story is humbling and inspiring. Thanks pops.
  6. red14

    red14 Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    N FLA
    Yes he is, and so was Jim Salee. ;)
  7. mjp28

    mjp28 Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    anytown, OHIO
    Great tribute.

    Plus I bet a whole lot of people do not really know what 11/11 really means at all.
  8. 68c15

    68c15 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2011
    if society had 1/2 of Jim Salee's fortitude we would be in great shape. you are luck to have been blessed with his presence.
  9. rosierita

    rosierita Active Member

    Mar 13, 2004
    South Carolina
  10. polishshooter

    polishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Thanks for the Great story from the Great War.
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