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A Veterans Day Tribute

Veterans Day 2019. Every veteran is appreciated for all services they have rendered to the greatest country. No man or woman wants to go to war, but to protect the sanctity of home and family it is often necessary. So many have gone to serve and never returned home again. Let us pray for peace. Let us give thanks to all who have sacrificed. Let us thank a veteran today.

By Mike Watson

A Four Star Family, World War II--
In honor of our dad, Carl Watson, and our uncles, Cameron, Hugh and William, all of whom served overseas in World War II, here is a short, front page item from The Adair County News, 9 June 1943.
"A Four Star Family--When William Watson left today for Fort Benjamin Harrison to enter the Armed Forces, his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Watson, of Inroad, became the head of a 'four star family.' perhaps the only one in all of Adair County. William's three brothers were already in service and he was the only remaining son that Mr. & Mrs. Watson could offer to Uncle Sam. Cameron Watson is stationed in Louisiana, Carl and Hugh Watson are stationed at camps in Washington State..."
There were undoubtedly other four star families in Adair County before the World War ended. In lieu of a "light in the window" the families of servicemen obtained and proudly posted in a front window, a card with luminescent stars, one for each one from that household serving the United States of America.

Our grandparents, Milton and Mollie Reeder Watson, had at least two cards with the stars. No one knows what happened to the one with four starts, but I revere the existing one, with two stars, representing the first two sons who went to war.

Thankfully, all four of the Watson boys came home and none were wounded in action. A miracle, one might say. So, in their honor and in honor of all veterans of any period: Salute!

Thank you Carl, Cameron, Hugh and William Watson, our dad and uncles, and thank you to Larry Steven Watson, our eldest brother, who served in Vietnam. --Mike Watson

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