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The photo above is of my dad, Cecil W. McCloud, Senior Chief Petty Officer, USN Ret. (30 yrs.)It was taken on the 50th aniversary of the attack on PH. The first time in my life I had ever seen him cry was when they handed him this flag.It was one that flew over the Arizona Memorial.My mom told us later that he cried the rest of that day.I thought I had known my father, until then.I realized that this easy going, happy-go lucky man as we new him, hid a deep pain for the past 50 yrs.Oh, we knew about Pearl Harbor growing up, but it was just a far away place that dad had fought the war in. Of course as we got older we learned it was much more.
Now , as I think back, there were times he seemed deep in thought, far away, and sad. But it didn't last long.Soon he would be back to singing and whistling, and teasing us 5 kids.
áI spent a few moments with dad after he passed away. I had an odd since of relief looking at him. He literaly had the most pieceful expression I had ever seen on his face. He was with his mates again.The pain was gone.
In memory of my father Feb. 27, 1918 to Dec 7, 1999
Pearl Harbor, Normandy, Iwo Jima, The Aleutians, Okinawa, Mediterranean, and the Korean War

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Hello Joan,

Thank you for sharing your picture of your Father with us.  I hope he is smiling.   :)


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Joan,

THANK YOU for sharing from your heart!!!  I hope that your father understood, in some small way, that many Americans  really ARE thankful, for his service and the sacrafice of many of his comrades!

A TRUE AMERICAN HERO!!

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Dear Joan,
  Thank you so much for sharing this photo and your post with us.   You've opened your heart to us and brought tears to my eyes.  I sincerely hope that your father is resting peacefully, and I truly thank him and the many like him who fought for our freedom.  I will always do everything I can to see that their sacrifice is never forgotten.
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Thank you, Joan, for your photo and post.

Thank you, Cecil, for your service to your country and to liberty.

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Thank you so much for sharing that story with us, Joan.  I'd actually like to know more about your father if you have no objections.  My grandfather rarely ever talked about WWII or Korea &, from what I've learned from my mom, he never really did.  I think he's the one who's gotten me interested in learning more about, what I call, the American Wars.  When I did my major history paper on "Pork Chop Hill", I was able to "meet" some wonderful vets from that battle & I learned they don't have a desire to talk about the past.  I've come to understand why too (at least in a way).  I apologize for straying, but I've always been told to write what I know. ;-j
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Thank you, Joan, Thank you and rest in peace Chief McCloud.
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