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Grandson of USMC 3rd 21st WW2 Veteran Eugene V Burch
As a child from the age of seven to 14 or so Grandpa Gene was bulletproof, and as a kid we knew his handshake would crush your hand. I remember him telling me stories of World War 2 of the Japanese digging tunnels and pulling his buddies underground, but as a child my brain did not believe. He passed away in 1996 when I was 16 from cancer, and I never knew what he had been through. One day in the summer of 2010 I decided to watch Flags Of Our Father, and HBO’s “The Pacific” and it gave me a good kick in the pants. I have never felt like such a fool in my life, and was so oblivious to what he and all of you go through for me. How could my education not show this to me? WHY didn’t we cherish all of you more?
The next day I went back to work and asked to write letters to veterans and was told NO by the dealership I worked at and the following one after! In January of 2015 i was told ” YES” by my then new employer, and on Christmas day was informed over 700 Veterans, Friends, and family had said something about it. I couldn’t believe what I heard, why was this so amazing? After this I decided to form a website dedicated to all of you who serve us in America, and our allies. As on June 2016 it became Non profit, I wish I could find someone who served with grandpa or knew of him, Gene had a purple heart and was one heck of a guy! I am hoping my thanks to all of you makes it’s way, and maybe someone knows of him? If not I will find out one day! Thank you all for what I have, right to vote, love, and live happy is because of your sacrifices! Do not forget that if there is one guy who loves you for what you have done, that I will stand alone for you! Greg Burch Founder and President of Fight For Our Freedom www.fightforourfreedom.com