Sunday, November 6, 2011

Veteran's Day

William C. McCune & Franklin R. McCune

As Veteran's Day is approaching fast. I cannot help but think what the "McCune" Family was going through during World War II. The troubling deaths of Staff Sergeant Robert Leroy  McCune on May 17, 1943 in the States, Corporal Joseph C. McConaughey on November 29, 1943 (Five months after his marriage to Eleanor Grace McCune) in France, and Private Franklin Richard McCune on December 14, 1943 in the States. On January 13, 1945 the New Castle News published:

"First Sgt. William C. McCune Is Home"

"Local Soldier Returns From Front Lines And Will Be Assigned To Duty In This Country

First Sgt. William C. McCune, son of Mr. and Mrs. William G. McCune, of Grandview avenue, arrived home Tuesday from the front lines in France, where he had been serving with the signal corps of the First Army, and after a leave which will be spent with his parents here, will be assigned to permanent duty in the United States.

Sgt. McCune, whose two brothers, S-Sgt. Robert L. McCune and Pvt. Franklin R. McCune, were killed in training accidents in this country, and whose brother-in-law, Cpl. Joseph C. McConaughey, was killed in action in France, has been in service since April, 1941, and has been overseas for the past ten months, where he has seen plenty of action against the Nazis.

He started on his journey back home from the front lines about the middle of December."

This shows your whole life could change in a matter of months and you will never realize what you have until it is gone.

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