This is a special post that is off topic for this blog, but on topic for this day.
This week I received a package from the Canadian Archives. Inside was the military records of my Grandfather, Captain George Alexander Gamblin. I requested these documents awhile ago and was pleased to receive them right before Father’s Day so I can give them to my dad. It included information about his enlistment, of his deployment in Europe during World War II and Asia during the Korean War.
I was proud to learn that the 3rd Canadian, his unit, advanced farther than any other allied unit on D-Day and were the first allied unit to reach their D-Day objective in Operation Overlord.
What impacted me the most, however, were two entries. In February 1952 his son, my father was born. Two months later on April 4th 1952 he left to fight in the Korean War. The thought of leaving my wife and three children, the youngest just 2 months old, to fight in a war half way around the world, not knowing if you would ever be back…
I can’t imagine doing it. I am so proud of my grandfather. I wish that I had had the chance to meet him. He died of cancer two years before I was born. But I’m happy that I was able to get these documents. It makes me feel a lot closer to him. And I’m glad I can share them with my dad and the rest of my family this Father’s Day. I know that my dad misses his father. I think this is his 35th Father’s Day without his dad.
I am so grateful for the father’s who are away from their families this Father’s Day serving our country and protecting our freedom. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless.