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  • posted: November 11 @ 4:12am
In 1945 in Luxembourg Germany, This young Tech. Sergeant was awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action. He was cited for re-organizing and leading Company B, Tenth Armored Infantry Battalion, Fourth Armored Division of the U.S. Army out of a mine field after the company’s other officers were wounded or killed…

…And I can remember him talking about it exactly zero times. He was the kindest, humblest man I have ever met, and taught me everything I know about what being a man is all about. His life was an example of selflessness that I will continue to reference for the rest of my life.

To all of my new soon-to-be-bearded man-friends, I’d like you to meet my favorite veteran: Dennis Clinton Hassell, Sr.

I was lucky enough to call him Granddaddy.

Happy Veteran’s Day America.

Comments

ThatGuy says:
@Mackle. I had a much better shot from this session that didn’t show my beard. I battled back and forth with whether or not to use it, and decided that I should. After unsuccessfully trying to post it several times this morning, I clicked around the site for a bit and read your Focus on the Beard post. This shot loaded the first time. Your powers are unparalleled. I am now afraid of you.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 4:18am -
HiImTerry says:
That's so familiar. My Grandfather (PawPaw) was captured by the Germans during the Bulge and spent the next 6 months in a prison camp. He was awarded the Bronze Star. Like your granddaddy, I never heard PawPaw talk about it once. My dad has had to tell me about his capture.

Thank you, TSgt Hassell.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 4:51am -
Bumgardner says:
Great shot man. Reminds me of my Grandpa.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 5:06am -
jnonfiction says:
Those men have seen so much.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 5:20am -
Dave says:
Great story. My Grandfather is a Ex-POW and was tortured in Korea. I only know that because my mom told us about it. He will not talk about it either. Thanks for sharing the story and picture!
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 5:46am -
Shakedown Dave says:
My great grandfather was killed on the pacific front. I appreciate your photo, and his story.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 5:55am -
Furricane says:
My grandfather was also in the bulge. He was in the 78th Infantry Lightning division, in the 308th field artillery battalion.

CLAME for the photos he kept and NEVER told anyone about. I didn't know about them until many years after his death. My favorite is the one showing displaced jews he was trucking back home to Chekoslovakia.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 6:01am -
Rolf Bastard says:
Thanks for the touching story and the sweet pic!
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 6:14am -
Zach says:
good stuff.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 6:56am -
Jack says:
Your grandfather was a great man. Thanks for the wonderful pic.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 7:05am -
ThatGuy says:
Thanks for the kind words and shared stories. Today's about alot of special people both living and dead.

@Furricane thanks for the great pictures. The hand written messages on the backs are just as great as the pics themselves. Very cool.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 7:18am -
hale. says:
really great story and photos, thank you for sharing about your Grandaddy.

the layout and presentation in the frame is really well done too.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 7:24am -
c a b says:
Well Done!!
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 7:30am -
falfa says:
Great setup there. Cheers.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 7:50am -
pcain says:
excellent. happy veterans day.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 8:01am -
mackle says:
This is a most excellent tribute to Veterans Day. Thank you for this (and for including your beard.. I had no idea the extent of my power)
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 8:10am -
folliclejuju says:
way to honor those that fought for us nationally, and those that fought for you personally!
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 8:13am -
JamesC says:
very honorable
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 8:18am -
Tolleson says:
Incredible story. We should all be so lucky to know men like these.

They were all true men back then. My grandfather served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. My wife's grandfather served several tours in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. My own father served in Vietnam. Through all they saw and did, they were the most humble men I've ever met. Just being in the same room with them made you feel inspired to be just half the man they were.

Fav'd without question.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 8:27am -
Pip says:
Great story.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 8:28am -
mynameisjason says:
hey! norfolk! nice. i grew up in va beach.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 8:30am -
9schwander says:
awesome.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 8:38am -
NoahRienks says:
F&K'd
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 9:00am -
gfmorris says:
Excellent, @thatguy. Whoever did that framing job did a great job.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 9:48am -
jason says:
awesome story and tribute. happy veterans day!
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 9:52am -
mc sauce says:
that was powerful man. great tribute for a great man.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 10:06am -
revgoomba says:
This is an awesome tribute.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 12:26pm -
Caronna says:
awesome, i wish mine where still around!
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 1:53pm -
runningantelope says:
great shot man, way to take advantage of the day.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 2:51pm -
John-O says:
WORD!!!!!!!!!!! NICE PROPS!
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 4:16pm -
monkey boy says:
Sounds like a hell of a guy to know. Thanks for the introduction.

Hell of a shot as well.
Posted: Nov 11th, 2009 - 7:19pm -
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