He took us camping in a lot of great places. He tried to show us the country. I miss you. Love you.
From one veteran to another, a final salute to you. When most read the word 'veteran' they usually have a mental image of an Army guy with a Rifle, Helmet, and stuff hanging from his belt. This is not a true image of Vincent - a truer image is needed. Airman Coddington was a Maintenance Mechanic (now called; 'Technician') on B-24 Bombers. Four-engine, twin-tail, deep-fuselage behemoths that dropped MANY tons of bombs on Germany and Nazi-occupied countries and targets throughout Europe. B-24's were not known for their reliability (especially the nose wheel gear!). Airman Coddington kept the Bomber(s) that he was assigned to in combat-ready flying condition. How many ten-men crews that flew in the aircraft that he maintained got to their target, dropped their bombs, and returned home because of Vincent's knowledge and skills with maintaining the thousands of parts that make up a B-24? I bet every crew returned safely - because of no mechanical problems with the aircraft. No doubt a lot of Airmen got to come home because Vincent did his job well. I also salute you because you were part of the greatest generation of 'kids' in the last century. You rolled your sleeves up and did battle with a very well-trained and formidable force of other young men ... and won. And. for that, with admiration, I also thank you, Sir.
I did not get to spend much time with you - I bet we could have had lots of good conversations, told funny jokes, and downed gallons of coffee. Farewell, Airman. Well done. Your son-in-law, Rodger
Grandpa, we will miss you and your smile. You are in our hearts forever. Plant flowers and watch the birds. Love you Gretchen Stock
Grandpa,We Love and miss you! You are in a better place and we will see you again. Love The Stewart
You are forever in my heart, Dad. I love you and miss you. I am grateful for all the time that we had together.