Veterans Day is November 11th and we here are Circles would like to remember our
Veterans by first thanking them for their service to our Nation. We asked them to
tell us what they did on the holidays while deployed around the world.
U. S. Navy Veteran Operations Specialist Dennis Cripe
Dennis served in the Navy from 1965 to 1974 during the Vietnam
conflict, he was stationed on the U.S.S. Askari and he tells
us that the holiday aboard the ship were much like those at
home with the exception of 300 other sailors at the dinner table
normal to have Turkey and dressing with all the trimmings.
Dennis’ favorite carol is “Oh Holy Night” and his favorite
holiday movie is “Miracle on 34th Street”.
U. S. Navy Veteran Second Class Petty OfficerScott McAuliffe
Scott was deployed in the Persian Gulf during Operation
Praying Mantis from 1986 to 1989. Scott says that while he
was deployed in there he didn’t get to see his family or friends
during the holidays but, enjoyed a traditional holiday dinner
on the U.S.S. Merrill with his fellow sailors. He says that he
missed the home cooked holiday meals, but received cards,
letters and cookies from home. His favorite carol is “Jingle Bell
Rock and his favorite holiday movie is “A Christmas Story”.
U. S. Marine Veteran Lance Corporal Juan Jimenez
Juan was deployed stateside in Camp Pendleton, CA., The
Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Angelo, Texas and
Goodfellow Air Force Base in Crestview. Florida. Even though
Juan was stateside he still missed his family and friends while
deployed and received cards and letters from them during
the holidays, he says he was always working and had little
downtime. His favorite carol is “Mele Kalikimaka” and his
favorite holiday movie is “A Mickey Mouse Christmas”.