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In Remembrance

This is a repost from something I wrote on Nov. 11th, 2011.  I thought it was fitting because today is a day to remember and I want my kids to know that there were brave people in our family who have seen war.  In fact, Dan just told me about his Mom's uncle (?) who was a submariner.  I'm going to have to get that story for next year.  
Let's take that time to offer a prayer of gratitude today and truly feel the abundance of gifts that have been given to us because of their sacrifices.

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Thanks to the veterans, war is not something I will likely know or have to experience in my life.  I will not have to send my son off at the tender age of 18, I will not have to deal with the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that comes with the service and sacrifice that these brave men and women often face.
Nonetheless, I am grateful.  Today I will remember especially a man I never knew: my great Uncle Mike.  He was my mom's uncle.
Lest we forget


 My information comes from the Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial

In memory of
Flight Sergeant
Michael Patrick Kimber
who died on 25 Jun 1943

Service details
ConflictWWII      
ServiceRCAF
UnitNo. 428 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
RankFlight Sergeant
Service numberR98960
Date of death19430625
Cause of deathkilled in action
Narrative history
R98960 Flight Sergeant (No. 428 Ghost Squadron RCAF Halifax air gunner) Michael Patrick Kimber (b.1916) of Blaine Lake was KIA 19430625 in a night bombing run over Wupperthal and is buried at Groesbeek Canadian war cemetery near Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands. He was the son of William Charles, a Boer War veteran, and Exirienne (Turcotte) Kimber. William came from Kent, England, to homestead NW30-35-10-W3 just south of Kinley, later moving to a farm north of Blaine Lake. Michael was farming when he enlisted in 1941, and left a wife Florence (Diehl) and children Doreen, Phyllis and Wayne.

Memorial information
Saskatchewan rural municipality for commemoration
434 - Blaine Lake

Grave or memorial location
Groesbeek Canadian war cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands  

Honour roll location(s)
Blaine Lake

Geo-memorial
Kimber Lakes       

Geo-memorial location
60.0167°N / 108.3667°W

Geo-memorial NTS map reference
75C1

Personal information
Date of birth
19160723

Place of birth
Kinley  

Enlisted on
19410512

Place of enlistment
Saskatchewan  

Residence on enlistment
Blaine Lake  

Occupation
farmer

Comments

  1. It is interesting that Canada and the U.S. celebrate Veteran's Day on the same date. Your great uncle had a warm smile just like you do. I salute him, his service and sacrifice.

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  2. Thank you Uncle Mike, and bless you for your service. Now that I have boys old enough to be drafted, it's even harder to imagine what these young men and women experience. Thanks for sharing!

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