There are a lot of things a young child will believe about their father simply because they don’t know any better. He can do nothing wrong, he’s a hero, he’s the strongest, the smartest and can beat up all your friends dads. I believed all those things about mine but now as an adult, I know better. And what I know is this: he was, and is, all those things and more!
He’s a great example of how to serve, to be humble, to work hard, to laugh, to have a soft heart, to compete, to not take the low road, to pay attention to details, to love, to give, to sacrifice, to love God and to love country.
Today, just like every other day, I’m thankful for his service to America. Not only did he single-handedly win the war for us in the Persian Gulf (he served as captain of a fleet of ships in Desert Storm), but he gave 26 years of his life to the Coast Guard. No one can argue that that’s not a man right there.
Having him in my life is enough… but I was also so lucky (I rather call it blessed) to have 2 grandfathers that also served and served in battle during World War II. Great men in the Wilder and Davis family, great men.
America is better because of their service to it. Plus, my dad really can beat up your dad.
-Out of the Wilderness