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Colerain Township is one of the largest Townships in the state of Ohio and does not have Veterans only memorial park. I want to raise money to install a veterans only memorial for our Township. I have been working with he township and a group of residents to get this going. My goal is to have it completed by Memorial Day 2019, but that is a tall order to fill. People keep asking me why I am so passionate about the Veterans Memorial for Colerain Township. Here is a little history as to why I’m determined to build this memorial:
My grandfather Thomas E. Combs left for WWll in 1942 leaving my grandmother and my mom, who was 1 years old, at that time. My grandfather was a war hero, having received 2 Silver Stars, 4 Bronze Stars, 2 Purple Hearts, a POW medal, and many campaign ribbons, including Normandy, France, and European theater along with several others.
My grandfather Emmet Green left for WWll in 1942, also leaving behind my grandmother and my dad, age 4. Grandpa Emmet was also a war hero, the recipient of 3 Bronze Stars, 1 Purple Heart, a POW ribbon, and many campaign ribbons. Both of my grandfathers have talked to me extensively about their service, building a pride inside of me for serving our country.
Looking back, neither of them knew each other and my parents were so young and lived in different parts of Ohio and didn’t know one another, either. Both of my grandfathers were POWs. They knew each other after their time in service (only from being in the same POW camp). They were liberated by the Aussies, and they returned home to their wives and children as war heroes.
Never to see the other again until my mom and dad met, started dating, and got married. My father, Thomas T. Green, joined the Marines. My Grandfather Thomas was a POW for 9 months after he saved his entire platoon from enemy fire when surrounded inside a building by the enemy. He took a machine gun to the top of the building, firing at the enemy so his platoon could get to another building. They all escaped, but the building collapsed causing my grandfather to be captured. I have heard this story so many times from my grandfather, along with many other stories of his time serving. I was very close to my Grandfather Combs and he is the main reason I joined the military. After my 7+ years of service, I returned home, and he was there to congratulate and welcome me home.
My grandfather got very sick and was in the VA hospital in Cincinnati. I visited him every day, and on one the last days of my visit I refused to leave the hospital and stood guard at the end of his bed and watched him take his last breath and go home to his heavenly father. That was one of the hardest days of my life. Since then, many my family members that served have passed away now, except for my Uncle Jimmy, nephew, and son, and his brother, Gordon.
The reason I am so unwavering to build this memorial is because many of my family members protected our freedom for decades, and there are so many other veterans out there that have similar stories which need to be heard and memorialized. From the very start of this country, hundreds of thousands have served to protect our freedom. This is just a small part of what I can do to show my passion, love, respect, honor, for ALL of our veterans past, present, and future.
I have several members of my family who served in the military besides my grandfathers and father.
Uncle, James C. Combs USAF, Korea
Uncle, William F. Combs Army, WWll
Uncle, James Green, USAF, Vietnam
Myself, Army Airborne Infantry, Grenada
Brother, Thomas D. Green, Navy
Brother, Gordon Green, USMC, Lebanon/Beirut
Nephew, Troy T. Weiss, USMC, Afghanistan
Son, Delaney T. F. Green, Army
Thanks for hearing my story and I hope it brings some understanding of why I’m steadfast on bringing this memorial to our township.
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