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May 17, 2012
GREENSBORO — Melvin C. "SCOTT" Scott died at Beacon Place, HPCG, in Greensboro on May 12, 2012. Born on July 17, 1924 in Hillsborough, NC.
"Scott" was a veteran of WWII. With the 24 Infantry Division, he served in active combat resulting in the liberation of several islands in the Pacific theater. Later, with the US Army Military Police in Tokyo, he came to have a high regard for the Japanese people, whom he said "were themselves the victims of cruel and ruthless leaders." "Scott" refused to accept all the medals he was due, saying only, "the true heroes were those who did not return."

God bless you dad and all the others who served with you in defense of America.
May 16, 2012
I would like to dedicate this poem I wrote in memory of everyone who had fought in World War Two. I care for several men who had fought in that war. One of the men I look after recently lost a longtime buddy of his. I was inspired to write this after he had shared that (bittersweet) news with me.

Another Chapters Finally Ending

He sits in his recliner
Feet planted on the floor
Hands tremble ‘neath the newspaper
As he scans the page once more

Can't believe what he'd been reading
But there it was in black and white
Another chapter's finally ending
In the twilight of his life

Seems a dear old friend had passed away
He'd known the man for years
And as he conjures up fond memories
His eyes fill up with tears

He neatly folds the paper up
And sets it on his lap
As more memories start surfacing
He lets them take him back

Back to a time when they were kids
Chicago 1932
Sons of Irish emigrants
Grew up on Western Avenue

Though money was tight and times were tough
They always seemed to find a way
To scrounge up a couple of dimes, enough
For a Saturday matinee

Oh how they loved to watch Farewell to Arms
With Cary Grant and Helen Hayes
And how they loved to talk about that film
When reminiscing ‘bout the good old days

They couldn't wait to join the service
Wear a uniform and carry a gun
Couldn't wait to fall in love with a nurse
Like Lieutenant Frederic Henry had done

It wasn't long after graduation
That World War Two was in full swing
They volunteered for the Navy
And did a stint in the Philippines

Saw some action in the South Pacific
Hard to believe they'd both survived
The war was finally over
It was May of 1945

After being discharged from the service
They took advantage of the G. I. Bill
The Veterans Administration
Helped find them a job at U.S. Steel

They joined some clubs, met their brides
Had children and over the years
They still managed to keep in touch
Through phone calls and cold beers

It'd been a while since they had talked
Was told then he wasn't doing well
And the latest word that he had heard
Was that only God could tell

He leans back in his recliner
Feet raised up off the floor
As he unfolds the newspaper
He scans the page once more

Guess it's true what he'd been reading
‘Cause there it was in black and white
Another chapters finally ending
In the twilight of his life

By Janie D. Youhas
May 8, 2012
MY HUSBAND TOM COX, SERVED IN READING ENGLAND, WITH ENGINER CORP. WW 2.. PRESTON COX, ARMY AIR CORP.WW2, PLANE WENT DOWM ON RABAUL.. EXECUTED WITH 6 OTHERS.. I ALSO GRIEVE MARY.
May 2, 2012
I was 7 when the War started and knew that my brothers would all be leaving. 4 of 5 did. They all came home, safe! My sincere sympathy to all the families that can't say this! I know your loss must have been and still is terrible!!
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