48 years ago today, at approximately 1:00 EST Duane C. Bowen gave the ultimate sacrifice when he was killed on the battlefields of Vietnam. My husband, Ralph William Cromer who was one of his closest friends, his brother in war, myself, and our family never forget you Duane. You fondly went by the name of Billy, as you thought so much of my Bill, and believe me when I say, these men who fight together in war, have a bond like no other brothers anywhere. I thank my husband, and his brothers and sister who fought as well for our freedoms.
Paul Hanson, Glenn R O'leary, John Cadogan, Johnny Nguyen, Fred Dudenhoeffer, Mike Blackburn, Joe Vernengo, Joseph Horton, William Bedal, Wade Britt, Raymond "Doc" Lyons, and to you as well Angie Kevin Goodman. Special thanks to Sgt. Kirby Hunter, and Thomas Dennis "Doc" Joyce, may you RIP. THANK YOU for everything.
I send my best heart felt wishes to all who have served, who continue to serve this country, and to your families. May God Bless you and God Bless the United States of America~
From the age of eleven, I knew that I wanted to be an airline stewardess/hostess. Travel, serving others was in my blood. Four companies interviewed me, but the bright colours and friendliness of the people at Braniff International fit me the best. My class was known as the Apollo Angels, based in Dallas, Texas. Emilio Pucci of Florence, Italy was the clothing designer for the airlines and I absolutely adored the look. From October of 1968 through March of 1970, I flew over 180 flights. Only after my boyfriend at the time had returned from his years tour in Vietnam, and we wed, did I leave my dream position.
The saying "If you've got it, flaunt it" was picked up and often used by the people of Braniff International Airlines~
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I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:
I'd Rather Be Birdin'Linking to I'd Rather B Birdin'
Maggie's MOSAIC MONDAY
This is the only uniform piece that remains in my closet, though the scarf is not the original, but one that a dear friend got for me and I am using it to highlight the dress.
The uniform pieces go for hundreds of dollars as collector items today~
Some of the other Braniff International Airline uniform selections that were designed by Emilio Pucci~
Dogwood and Bleeding Heart blossoms~
A Carolina Wren nest in our garage and a Chickadee nest filled with little eggs out in one of our nest boxes~
Not the same Red-Shouldered Hawk nest that is followed near our home, but rather the one near the Bald Eagle nest site~
I just liked this tree, rusty fence row and old screen door~
An American Kestrel a few weeks ago on my walk across the new Lewis and Clark Bridge~
This pair of Red-Shouldered Hawks have evidently lost their nest like the ones near my home for they were in full "dating" mode ;) last week. It is going to be another late nest~
A pair of Wood Ducks happened to stop by the Bald Eagle nest site and both perched for several minutes on the Eagles favorite perching tree, and then .... Mrs. Eagle showed up and the Ducks flew away~
A couple of Wild Turkey hens making their way across the front porch of the estate mansion at the Bald Eagle site... They made me giggle~
My husby was lining the nesting platform that he built with starter branches last week. The birds may never try these platforms, but we have to try~
On one of my country lane drives~
A pair of Red-Tailed Hawks make their nest every year in a tree out in a cow pasture along one of the main country lanes I take to and from town. This is really stretching my camera lens a bit over it's capability. Images are taken from my car window, as there is no place to pull off ~
Feeding little white downed young ones~
Getting bigger ;)
The adult female watching over her resting young ones~
Young one just about ready to leave the nest~
Such beautiful eyes this White-tailed Deer shows us on our ride~
Some of the familiar horses that I pass out in the fields on the route from our home into the big city~
Why hello there...hahaha! A Goat stands upon it's shed one early morning~
The first Pileated Woodpecker image was taken through the windscreen/windshield last Saturday, and the second Pileated Woodpecker seen a few miles away was taken from my rolled down window~
I heard the local Red-Shouldered Hawk a couple of hours before dusk the other evening and I took a walk down the lane to see what was going on. It was too deep in the woods, but I could tell that the American Crows must have been mobbing, or at least harassing it. Standing there listening and not being able to see anything, suddenly two eyes caught my own...it was a Raccoon resting up in a tree near me. It is also the very reason that I pend the trees when a nest is located, for they will rob every nest that is not closed off from their reach.
Have a Very Wonderful, Blessed, Safe and Happy Weekend~