The Trail of the Wolf/Wolfes

In these cold months of retirement I’ve been digging into my Wolf/Wolfe ancestors. The above family picture is of my Great Great Grandfather Samuel Wolfe, his wife Ellomanda and 8 of their 9 children (they lost a child Victoria May at 5 years old). Samuel was a stone mason and also founded the Pleasant Hill Chapel in Green Point PA in 1907, probably the first Independent Bible Church in Lebanon County! Some of my ancestors don’t have the “e” on Wolfe. So I have Wolf/Wolfe relatives all over eastern PA! My brother often says “Without the “e” I’m just an animal!”

The Pleasant Hill Chapel

My Great Grandfather Alfred Jacob, who was their firstborn, seated on right (from whom I get my middle name) was better known as Allen Wolfe or “AJ” as most people called him. He married a wonderful woman Katherine (Kate) Klinger who he met when as a young man he travelled on horseback giving music lessons to the village of Suedburg. He later started Wolfe’s General Merchandise store in Green Point which was about a mile west of his parent’s home which still sits next to the Greenpoint Cemetery. He was a kind and loving business man who helped many people make it through the Depression by bartering store goods for home grown vegetables. He and Kate had two children, my grandfather Clarence 1899-1945 and a daughter Grace who died at only 5 months old.

AJ & Kate in the front yard of their home beside the store.

Edwin Martin Luther Wolf moved to Derry Church, later renamed Hershey, and actually made icecream for Milton Hershey! After moving to York Springs he began a car dealership selling Pontiacs. Later he began transporting people to Phillies games and community events which eventually led him to start WOLF BUS LINES the friendly Wolf 🙂. My brother Larry Wolfe interviewd his grandsons Bradley and Edwin and they gave him a copy of the treasured family photo.

David Wolfe maried Sadie Snyder and stayed in the area and, like his father, had 7 sons of his own, Albert, Harry, Francis, Charles, Paul, David Jr & Lester. He also had 5 daughters. His nickname was “Wooly Wolfe”. His decendants still live in his father Samuel’s home in Greenpoint.

Irvin wasn’t long on the earth, never marrying and dying at the young age of 19. His grave is beside his parents in the Pleasant Hill Chapel cemetery.

Henry married a girl named Mable who was 13 years younger than him and they moved to Pine Grove. Mabel died at age 31 and left Henry (44) with two small children, Sallie,8 & William,7. He remained unmarried and passed away 17 years later. He & Mable are buried at Jacob’s Lutheran Church in Pine Grove.

Charles married Emma Shakespeare and followed in his older brother Alfred’s footsteps when he started a general store in the west end of Hummlestown.

Samuel remained a bachelor all of his life and lived at home in his parents house until his death in 1961. He worked at his brother’s store until it closed in 1956 at AJ’s death.

Annie married John Reigle and named her firstborn daughter Victoria May, after her little sister who passed away at 5 years old when Annie was only eleven. They probably had a close relationship. It appears she raised her family in the Annville Cleona area.

30 Years later from left: Samuel, Charles, Annie, Edwin, AJ, Henry

I’m very thankful for the Christian heritage evident in the lives of my ancestors as they enjoyed the freedoms and opportunities in our great country. They all had roots in their local churches and their values of Faith in God and hard work led them to become valueable contributors to their communities. Maybe this post will get the attention of my many unknown Wolf/Wolfe relatives in our community!

Note: I gathered much of this information from an article my brother Larry wrote called “The Seven Sons of Samuel” after visiting Edwin’s grandsons of the Wolf Bus Lines. Larry is now in heaven and I’m sure is celebrating with his ancestors.

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When Things Go Crazy

We live in a battle zone! Things are going crazy in the invisible Spirit World and our Physical World. A Righteousness vs. Evil battle rages and it plays out in the human realm through human actions, interactions and consequences of those actions, all influenced by spiritual forces. Satan wants to destroy anything good that will give Jesus glory and he does NOT want the Kingdom of Christ to grow. Here’s how it all started.

God created a beautiful planet Earth. There were no imperfections. Then He created a perfect man and named him Adam, with no imperfections. Then He took a part of Adam and with it created his mate and Adam named her Eve, again NO imperfections and they became one. But they wern’t robots, since they were created with emotions and a will and could be tempted and therefore could choose.

Enter Satan, the Chief Fallen Angel who hated God and hated the first family He created. Satan knew the rules of the Garden and that there was a forbidden tree of which the First Couple were to have NO part. So he tempted them and they fell for it. Hence, their perfection by the Hand of God was transformed into IMperfection by the sin of man.

They now had a Sin Nature which just loved to sin! Every subsequent death, heartache, disease, hate, war, unforgiveness, bitterness, jealousy, broken vows, wickedness, murder, crime, was the Fallen Fruit of that one act of disobedience to a Holy God! This pandemonium of sin and death washed over succeeding generations of man leaving a holocaust of broken lives. But God was NOT finished.

To summarize quickly, (because this is a blog and not a book) God knew beforehand what would happen and already had a plan whose main character was His Son Jesus, who He would send to “fallen” Man and provide a way for Man to be reconciled with Him and to be made new, and not to mention, even have an Eternal Home one day in Heaven!

This “Way” would begin with man repenting (or turning away) from his sin, seeking God’s forgiveness, and trusting Him by faith to redeem him, making him a NEW Creature in Christ Jesus. This transaction alone (not any good works that man could do) would give Man a NEW Nature which would restore his broken relationship with his loving God. He would still have to fight the Old Nature within him, who still loved to sin, and also fight Satan and his fallen host of angels/demons.

Enter the Third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, who would indwell or live in the new Believer and add to that the Holy Word of God, the Bible, which God inspired Holy men to write that would become the primary Weapon of Spiritual Warfare for the Believer to achieve victory!

So the scene for today is set…. Unredeemed Man is still fully under the influence of His Old Nature and at the mercy of Satan and his co-horts who roam the earth which is a very bad situation! But Redeemed Man, the Christian, still living in a sin-sick world has been given everything he needs to be victorious and successfull. His once broken relationship with God is restored. He can walk with God as Adam did prior to the fall, and when tempted use his Spiritual weapons, his New Nature, the indwelling Holy Spirit and the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God to win every Spiritual battle.

The Bible says, “The weapons of our warfare are not physical but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.” (2 Cor 10:4) So the Bible is VERY important going forward.

So what about “When Things Go Crazy”?

I sin all the time! Yes, you are still a sinner and you will not be sinless but should sin LESS. You are saved by Grace through Faith and as you grow in your faith you WILL sin less. But when you do, go right away to God with your sin. Not a priest. “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

My loved one died! Realize we live in a disease ridden earth which is a result of the fall of man in the Garden, it’s not God’s fault nor the fault of our loved one. God’s Blessed Eternity and a new disease free body awaits those whose faith was in Christ. Bathe yourself in the Word of God, “Yea though I walk through the valley of death I will fear no evil for Thy Rod and Thy Staff they comfort me.” (Psalm 23). “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73: 25-26)

I have these crazy thoughts! God wants to replace your thoughts with His thoughts and He can do it if you create a lifestyle of living in His Word. Read it daily, memorize key verses, meditate on them. “Thy Word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against Thee.” (Psalm 119:11) “Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Cor 10:5)

I just can’t forgive! Yes you can when you realize how much God has forgiven you, how much He loves you and how far He went to make a way for you. Get a good look in your mind at Jesus on the Cross when He said, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) Jesus was willing to forgive His enemies. “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32)

My life is just a mess! As I mentioned above, our spiritual enemies will constantly try to destroy us. Satan and his demons are busy doing that, day in and day out 24-7 all around the globe. He especially focusses on those who know Jesus in order to prevent them from helping to build the Kingdom of God! If your life is not centered on Jesus and His Word you are opening yourself to defeat. Here is Joshua’s advice:

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee wherever thou goest.” (Joshua 1:8-9)

We Christians live in a lost and sin sick crazy world. There is a myriad of other crazy scenarios to add to those I listed above, but I hope you got the “jist” of my blog today…. no matter the problem, God has a solution, so live in the Word of God, Love it, Treasure it, and use it when life get’s crazy, as it surely will from time to time and HE will see you through!

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Getting Started Right

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Did you ever start anything and then in retrospect say, “Boy I really messed that up!”? Oh yeah, we’ve all done that! Well, there’s one huge thing in which you DON’T want to start out wrong, and that’s the Christian life! You say, “what do you mean Christian life?”. It’s the life which starts when your realize you have sinned against your Holy God, and then turn in repentance from that sin and trust Jesus Christ, His Son, to forgive you and make you His child. That is the first step which opens up your life to a whole new world of blessings. I started my life with Jesus on May 2, 1975 and since then have learned some important steps to take for a person starting out the Christian life. Here’s a few of them:

Write the date you trusted Christ in the front of your Bible! Assuming you have already obtained one and make sure it’s an easily readable version like, the New International Version (NIV); New American Standard Version (NASV); New Living Translation (NLT) which is my favorite, or even the New King James Version (NKJV) which is more traditional but is also very readable. The reason for this step is that there will come a day when your Old Nature will encourage you to have doubts about your decision. When that happens you take it to your Bible, open up the front cover and point to that date and say, “See that date? That’s when I accepted Jesus so scram!” It sounds funny, but it’s exactly the thing to do!

On Day One start reading your Bible! Yep, it’s that simple! Slice out a piece of your morning, yes morning, to sit in a quiet place and simply read. Before you start pray, “O Lord open up my eyes to see You through Your Word this morning”. Now don’t start with the first book Genesis and think, “I’m reading through this whole thing!”, all in good time, but there’s a better starting place. Start with the Gospel of John in the New Testament. Read a chapter a day or whatever amount suits your time. Then start reading the book of Psalms (not all 150 chapters) as a way to worship the Lord. You’ll find an easy 5 Psalm’s a day plan at https://lobochronicles.com/2015/08/13/the-plus-30-plan/

Pray! Start talking to God in the most simple childlike way. Pray for your own needs and the needs of others in your family and circle of friends. Pray everywhere! In a quiet place, in your car, on a walk, God is with you at all times so just talk to Him! Make a prayer diary and track to see how God faithfully answers your prayers.

Find a church that preaches the Bible that is as close to your home as possible! And make a committment in your heart to be there EVERY Sunday! You will be greeted with a smile and friendly handshake. There will be a witness of the Spirit between you and your new Christian Brothers and Sisters in Christ. If that doesn’t happen then keep looking. Your new friends will provide needed fellowship and will be able to identify with where you are in your spiritual journey. There will also be opportunities to serve the Lord in small ways which eventually will lead to larger opportunities and spiritual stretching and growth.

Finally, Share your story or testimony with others about how Jesus tracked you down and transformed your life! No one can take away your powerful, life changing experience, and God will use your story to bless and even lead others to trust in Jesus as well.

I pray God’s blessing to you on this wonderful journey!

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O Most High

Tell the Lord you’re going to get back to church this Christmas season!

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Chapel

I guess going to church is in my genes and it’s a good thing! My great grandfather Samuel Wolfe founded a little chapel in the mountains of Lebanon County PA pictured above and his son took the reigns of leadership from him so future generations would benefit. In the same time period my grandmother Margaret Anspach on my mother’s side took the leadership in her family, in spite of grandpa’s resistance and made sure her family had a Bible in the house and her children were in church regularly.

In my devotions this morning I read these passages which talk of this very thing:  “I was glad when they said unto me let us go into the house of the Lord. It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name O Most High. To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness…

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Turn!

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Larry the Wolfman

In my reading through the Bible this year I have been increasingly reminded of 3 amazing things, the Tremendous Love of God, the Mighty Power of His Word and the Amazing Forgiveness He bestows on his fallen creation of men and women.

My brother Larry pictured above in his days of living far from God was a perfect example of a man to whom God applied these 3 incredible principles. God loved him enough to draw him like a magnet out of the debauchery of his lifestyle, covered and showered him with the cleansing flow of the Living Word of God, and then when he TURNED in REPENTANCE granted him complete forgiveness and a NEW LIFE in CHRIST JESUS!

Larry’s Story (Go here for more on his story)

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A Few Good Men (and Women)

I am very fortunate to have a wonderful spiritual heritage. My oldest known ancestors were persons of Faith and that Faith, as a rich mountain spring, trickled down through the succeeding generations to me. It was still up to me to place my own Faith in Jesus, but the fact that I had examples to follow made a huge difference in my life. I saw not only an example of true Faith in these Saints, on both sides of my family, but also one of Faithful Service to their Maker, which is what I want to address here.

The fact is, we ALL are responsible to serve our Maker in some way. First of all, we are all blessed beyond measure with spiritual blessings (Grace, Forgiveness, Faith, Salvation, Power, Sustenance, etc.) AND spiritual gifts which God has ordained that we use to bless others and further the Kingdom of God during our lifetimes.

But unfortunately, in this day and age, the serving is often left to the “dusty half dozen” or so of Saints to do all the work! Sure there are those who are called to fulfill prominent positions of Pastoring and Preaching to the Saints and thank God for them who answer that call. But the “work of the ministry” also involves hundreds of others doing the myriad of things which honor God and bless others and therefore help build the Kingdom of God.

My Great Great Grandparents David and Rebecca Miller were “Sextons” which today could be called Deacons in their church. They lived just a few minutes walk from their church and faithfully opened the church on Sunday mornings. Then they would make sure the wood stove was burning and supplied with wood, and place a fresh cup of water on the podium for the preacher. They instilled that example of humble servanthood into my Grandmother Margaret who lived with them, and she carried that example with her, passing it on to her own children in later years.

When King David was looking for people to help build and maintain the first Temple he looked for “Capable Men” and he found them (1Chronicles chp. 26). Webster says being capable is “having attributes (such as physical or mental power) required for performance or accomplishment”. Surprise! You are capable! At something! Ask God to help you determine what you can do to help build the Kingdom of God and then begin to serve!

I’m sure your Pastor would welcome your inquiry of what could you do to help in the ministry (that is after he recovers from fainting :). Ha! The physical church building and property always must be maintained. Singers are needed in Choirs and Praise Teams. Ushers and Greeters are needed. Childcare workers and Teachers for young and old alike are critical to the work of the minstry. People gifted to play instruments are needed. Unfortunately, these and many more places of service are going UN-filled, which will lead to an ineffective or even a dying ministry.

I’m sure many of you are already doing your part. Don’t stop or be weary in well-doing, a rich reward awaits even what you may think is a most insignificant effort. If you are not serving, then start making a difference today. Your generation and those to follow you will someday thank you!

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Grandma, A Pearl of Great Price

Here’s one of my Grandma blogs from 2016. My brother Larry who wrote the opening section has been with Grandma in heaven since 2-10-19. She was quite the lady! Enjoy and be blessed!

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Grandma Young2By Grandson, Evangelist Larry E. Wolfe

Her first name was Margaret and many of her friends simply called her Maggie, but her name Margaret in the Greek language means “Pearl”.  In the New Testament Greek her name “Pearl” is found the first time when Jesus gave a parable about the Kingdom of Heaven: “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking  goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”(Matthew 13:45, 46)

Grandma’ was truly “One Pearl of Great Price” for her value cannot be measured in silver or gold even though pearls are always listed with these great treasures. No, her life will never be measured in ordinary wealth or riches, for what she invested is having great impact for eternity due to her investment in her children and her children’s children…

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Grandma’s Hospitality

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G-Ma Salt Shakers A set of Grandma’s Salt & Pepper Shakers

I have recently been reading Grandma’s diaries from the years 1954-55 which was during the time when my mother Irene was hospitalized for a nervous breakdown and my twin brother Bruce and I stayed with grandma from time to time (we were only 3 years old). What I found was that Grandma’s house was a literal magnet for people! She demonstrated an amazing record of hospitality. People just felt welcomed and loved there! Both family and friends would just stop in unannounced, not just on Sundays, but practically every day of the week!

Here is an example from 1955:

July 3rd Sunday Hot & dry 90 degrees. Betty went to Sunday School with John & Laura. Marion & Snack were here a little this morning. Socky Snyder was here, also Geo Feaser. Minnie & Mickey were here for dinner. Chicken was delicious. Pop…

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Out Behind the Barn!

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It started way back in the beginning with a question, “Did God really say?” The effort to undermine the Truth of God began in the Garden of Eden when Satan approached Eve and sowed the seeds of doubt in her mind. Satan deceived her, and continues today to sow seeds of doubt in the minds of believers leading them to question their salvation. So why is that such an important mission for him? Think about it, eternal salvation is a wonderful treasure but will a person share something with others in which they themselves have doubt that they possess? What kind of salesmen or witness for The Faith would a person be if they didn’t believe in the product? That is a major problem which undermines Jesus’ Great Commission to go into all the world and preach the Gospel.

So where do we go to solve this issue? You guessed…

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Remember!

History very worthy of remembering!!

Not only are the pictures awesome, but so are  the statistics! Please take time to read this and share with the younger generations.

 

    

During the 3-1/2 years of World War II that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941 and ended with the surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, “We the People of the U.S.A.” produced the following:

22 aircraft carriers

8 battleships

48 cruisers

349 destroyers

420 destroyer escorts

203 submarines

34 million tons of merchant ships

100,000 fighter aircraft

  98,000 bombers

  24,000 transport aircraft

  58,000 training aircraft

  93,000 tanks

  257,000 artillery pieces

105,000 mortars

3,000,000 machine guns and

2,500,000 military trucks

We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services, invaded Africa, invaded Sicily and Italy, won the battle for the Atlantic, planned and executed D-Day, marched across the Pacific and Europe, developed the atomic bomb and, ultimately, conquered Japan and Germany.

It’s amazing what America did in those days

Many of you already know the story, here is the update.

 

THE FINAL TOAST

The text below references the movie “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.”

There is a second film made in 1944 that details the “show” trials of the 11 airmen that were captured & tortured by the Japanese titled “The Purple Heart.”

Three were executed as war criminals, a fourth died in captivity.

The FINAL TOAST! They bombed Tokyo 78 years ago.

 

They once were among the most universally admired and revered men in the United States .. There were 80 of the Raiders in April 1942, when they carried out one of the most courageous and heart-stirring military operations in this nation’s history. The mere mention of their unit’s name, in those years, would bring tears to the eyes of grateful Americans.


Now only four survive

After Japan ‘s sneak attack on Pearl Harbor,with the United States reeling and wounded, something dramatic was needed to turn the war effort around.

 Even though there were no friendly airfields close enough to Japan

for the United States to launch a retaliation, a daring plan was devised.

Sixteen B-25s were modified so that they could take off from the deck of an aircraft carrier. This had never before been tried — sending such big, heavy bombers from a carrier.

 



The 16 five-man crews, under the command of Lt. Col. James Doolittle,

who himself flew the lead plane off the USS Hornet,

knew that they would not be able to return to the carrier.

They would have to hit Japan and then hope to make it to China for a safe landing.

But on the day of the raid, the Japanese military caught wind of the plan.

The Raiders were told that they would have to take off from much farther out

in the Pacific Ocean than they had counted on.

They were told that because of this they would not have enough fuel to make it to safety. And those men went anyway.



They bombed Tokyo and then flew as far as they could.

Four planes crash-landed; 11 more crews bailed out, and three of the Raiders died.

Eight more were captured; three were executed.

Another died of starvation in a Japanese prison camp. One crew made it to Russia .

The Doolittle Raiders sent a message from the United States to its enemies, and to the rest of the world: We will fight. And, no matter what it takes, we will win.

Of the 80 Raiders, 62 survived the war. They were celebrated as national heroes, models of bravery.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced a motion picture based on the raid; “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo ,” starring Spencer Tracy and Van Johnson, was a patriotic and emotional box-office hit, and the phrase became part of the national lexicon. In the movie-theater previews for the film, MGM proclaimed that it was presenting the story…….“with supreme pride.”

 



Beginning in 1946, the surviving Raiders have held a reunion each April,

to commemorate the mission. The reunion is in a different city each year.

In 1959, the city of Tucson , Arizona , as a gesture of respect and gratitude,

presented the Doolittle Raiders with a set of 80 silver goblets.

Each goblet was engraved with the name of a Raider.



Every year, a wooden display case bearing all 80 goblets is transported to the reunion city.

Each time a Raider passes away, his goblet is turned upside down in the case at the next reunion,

as his old friends bear solemn witness.



Also in the wooden case is a bottle of 1896 Hennessy Very Special cognac.

The year is not happenstance: 1896 was when Jimmy Doolittle was born.



There has always been a plan: When there are only two surviving Raiders, they would open the bottle, at last drink from it, and toast their comrades who preceded them in death.

As 2013 began, there were five living Raiders; then, in February, Tom Griffin passed away at age 96.

What a man he was. After bailing out of his plane over a mountainous Chinese forest after the Tokyo raid, he became ill with malaria, and almost died. When he recovered, he was sent to Europe to fly more combat missions.

He was shot down, captured, and spent 22 months in a German prisoner of war camp.

The selflessness of these men, the sheer guts … There was a passage in the Cincinnati Enquirer obituary for Mr. Griffin that, on the surface, had nothing to do with the war, but that was emblematic of the depth of his sense of duty and devotion:

“When his wife became ill and needed to go into a nursing home, he visited her every day. He walked from his house to the nursing home, fed his wife, and at the end of the day brought home her clothes. At night, he washed and ironed her clothes. Then he walked them up to her room the next morning.

He did that for three years until her death in 2005.”

So now, out of the original 80, only four Raiders remain: Dick Cole (Doolittle’s co-pilot on the Tokyo raid), Robert Hite, Edward Saylor and David Thatcher. All are in their 90s. They have decided that there are too few of them for the public reunions to continue.

The events in Fort Walton Beach marked the end. It has come full circle;

Florida ‘s nearby Eglin Field was where the Raiders trained in secrecy for the Tokyo mission. The town planned to do all it can to honor the men: a six-day celebration of their valor, including luncheons, a dinner and a parade.

Do the men ever wonder if those of us for whom they helped save the country have tended to it in a way that is worthy of their sacrifice?

They don’t talk about that, at least not around other people.

But if you find yourself near Fort Walton Beach this week, and if you should encounter any of the Raiders, you might want to offer them a word of thanks.

I can tell you from first hand observation that they appreciate hearing that they are remembered.

The men have decided that after this final public reunion they will wait until a later date — sometime this year — to get together once more, informally and in absolute privacy.

That is when they will open the bottle of brandy. The years are flowing by too swiftly now; they are not going to wait until there are only two of them.

They will fill the four remaining upturned goblets. And raise them in a toast to those who are gone.

Their 70th Anniversary Photo  


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WERE TOO YOUNG TO KNOW ABOUT THESE BRAVE HEROES.

They are all gone now but should never be forgotten.