In the United States we honor our service men and women on Veteran's Day. I especially wish to honor my father, Glen S. Player, MD. Here's a pic of him circa 1944 in his Army uniform. Note the caduceus pins on the lapels of Dad's uniform, signifying his assignment to the Medical Corps.
|Glen S. Player, MD.|
"The Medical Corps consists of commissioned medical officers who are physicians (Doctors of Medicine and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine) who have completed at least one year of post-graduate training (internship) or have been promoted from O-1 to O-3 following completion of medical school...". Source: Wikipedia.
Following undergraduate studies at University of Washington (1936-1940) Dad received his medical degree in 1943 from the University of Oregon Medical School, now called the Oregon Health Sciences University. He completed post-graduate studies with the School of Neuropsychiatry at New York University 1944-1945 and took related classes at Cornell. During World War II, Dad served in the US Army as a neurology consultant, England General Hospital 1945-1946; and Halloran General Hospital 1946.
When Dad passed away, I discovered he had retained him War Department ID card in the top drawer of his bureau. The intervening years caused this laminated ID card to warp somewhat, but I was able to flatten and scan both sides as follows:
There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of my dear father-dad.
|Mike, Sharon, Barbara, Glen and Patti Player circa 1959,|
At the close of the earlier "Great War", World War I, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th the day to commemorate Armistice Day by saying :
To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations..." Source: http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp
On this Veterans' Day 2013, I will honor service men and women like my Dad, and think of the thousands of other little girls who didn't have their daddies return from the war. Their servicemen made the supreme sacrifice -- a sacrifice those little girls continued to make in the absence of their beloved dads.
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