How Different It Would Be…….

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Russell L. Klick  Germany WWII  

Military Police / Paratrooper.  507th Division of the 82nd Airborne

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How Different It Would Be….

My “Pap” served during WWII. He was a sharp shooter and could have  stayed state side to teach basic training however he turned down the offer and became a MP. When the 507th division of the 82nd Airborne was created he went to jump school to became a Paratrooper. 

His fist jump was on D-Day. He was one of Ruffians (sp?) Ruffigins who, as the records say….. spent 33 days without backup or supplies yet they still managed to gain ground and that no ground gained was lost.

It goes without saying that many men were lost jumping, gaining and securing that ground. He served in the European Theater during some of the most well known battles.

Seven men from his outfit returned home following V day. He was one of those men.

Of course I only heard a few stories about the war and the ones I did hear will always be with me, ghastly things I could never forget. As an adult I have been researching him and his company finding bits and pieces of a story that died with him when he passed away. I was twelve years old.

Love is not a strong enough word for how I felt and continue to feel about him. He was an AMAZING grandfather and he will always be my hero. He had a tremendous impact on me and I am lucky to have spent so much time with him. 

Thank you Russell L. Klick.

Thank you Pap.

Thank you to all of the men and women who have served and are serving our country.

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Encaustic Beeswax Collage

copy of original photo, many layers of beeswax, small wax iron, pieces of screen eaten by my dog, frame made of re-purposed antique wood, tons of love, respect and gratitude!

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