This week we’re talking about the upcoming Veteran’s day and it looks like we’re all picking our favorite war movies. Before I get to that though, I’d like to share a little story with y’all.
When I graduated from high school a lot of kids went on these massively organized senior trips. They were going to drink and play and act like goofy kids before they went to college, or the military, or hit the job market. I didn’t. Two weeks after graduation, I went with my family for my stepfather’s Seabees reunion in Biloxi.
I wasn’t exactly pleased about it. I mean, here I am 17 and cool as can be with my dyed hair and sunglasses and I was hanging out with (what I would have then thought) senior citizens. Oh, and my little brother.<insert eye roll> We spent four days in Biloxi hanging out with the men from my stepfather’s company. We toured the naval base (I liked that part because hello! Men in uniform!), had a barbecue, and a few other things. But it was a small trip down memory lane I remember most.
We were in the officer’s lounge, or whatever it was called, watching Super 8 films from Vietnam. The men laughed and shared stories about what happened. It’s where I found out my stepfather, even though he was a carpenter, also drove the personnel truck across mine fields. It cast my stepfather in a completely different light for me. I mean, I knew he was an impatient driver, but I never suspected there was a reason for it other than…well, impatience. I suppose when you were responsible for driving twenty people across a mine field, you kind of had to make the truck get up and go, huh?
Every Veterans Day and Memorial Day, I think about that weekend and the things I learned about my stepfather, about the men and women who served. And I respect and honor these people for doing something I don’t think I could.
Now for my favorite war movie. I love humor, y’all know that by now, so it shouldn’t be any surprise that my favorite war movie would have some humor in it. Okay, a lot of humor. I adore Kelly’s Heroes. It’s got everything you could ever want in a movie. Action, suspense, humor, Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Dan Rickles, Caroll O’Connor, Gavin MacLeod (remember him from The Love Boat?), and Donald Sutherland.
It’s a fantastic movie and if you haven’t seen it yet, you should. But, if you’re curious as to whether you’d be interested in it, I found a video of some of Donald Sutherland’s character, Oddball’s best lines. Enjoy!