World War II, Korea, and Vietnam War Vet Is Turning 100! 🥳
Janine's Team Mission #86
Hello and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
We are starting 2023 with a 100th Birthday!
When missions are completed, the families usually send over pics of their veterans (with big smiles 😁) showing the cards they received. Scroll all the way down on this email to see those pics. You can also see them posted on my facebook, instagram, and twitter- so make sure you're following along on your favorite platform! You can see a number photos from many other past missions here.
For those wishing to share a veteran's birthday:please try to give me at least 2 month's notice via email.
Last but not least, if you are new here, thank you for joining! I hope you find this to be a fulfilling and meaningful way to do what you can, with what you've got, from where you are! 🤗
...and now here's our next mission:
World War II, Korea, and Vietnam War Vet Is Turning 100!
Colonel Colin J. N. Chauret, USAF Retired Fighter Pilot, retired after 31 years of service that spanned from his enlistment in 1942 with the US Army Air Corp during World War II to 26 years with the United States Air Force in 1973. His career included flying over 40 different aircraft, including 20 years flying fighters and 10 years in training command aircraft as an instructor. Col. Chauret flew 100 combat missions in Korea. While he never got hit or lost a wingman in any mission he had three major mishaps bailing out on fire while on final approach to landing in a P-51D Mustang, blowing up on take-off in an F-100 D Super Sabre, and bellying out in a forced landing in a T-33 jet trainer. Not a scratch in any of these missions or incidents earned Colin the name "Mr. Lucky". He has received the Bronze Star and many, many medals for his combat missions.
After serving in Germany, Alaska, England, Korea, Greece, France, Japan, and Vietnam he retired in 1973 and has lived in Texas. Colin continues to serve as a political activist and active supporter of the Humane Society.
He authored the autobiography, "Life Was a Real Hoot". Preparations are underway for a HUGE birthday celebration where his 13 children & step-children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great- great-grandchildren, totaling over 100 family members will celebrate his 100th birthday on January 25, 2023. Let us add to this wonderful family gathering with lots of cards!
Send in time to arrive in TX by: 1/24
Mailing Address: Col. Colin Chauret 8506 Parthenon Place Universal City, TX 78148-2655
WWII Veteran Ray E. Helms celebrated his 100th with ~400 cards from all of YOU! Thanks to all who participated!
Mission 81 Complete:
A note from his wife Donna: My husband Major Patrick Nelson was speechless when I gave him 220 birthday cards today! He opened each one and read all the heartfelt messages. There were 23 cards from the state of Texas, and there were even 2 cards from Canada!
Mission 83 Complete:
A note from her son Wally: Agatha received over 150 cards! Here's an article about her life of service. Thanks to Verne B. of Iowa - she also received a Legacy Certificate from the Military Women’s Memorial!
Mission 82 Complete:
A note from his wife" “David was overwhelmed and so surprised at the outpouring of birthday wishes from all over. Thank you all for helping make him feel the love .” David said "I can't thank everyone enough it brought tears to my eyes. Never realized how hard to write everyone back!"
Mission 79 Complete:
A note from her son Wally: “We were at moms today looking at the cards. Simply put it is unbelievable the work that went into the cards from kids, schools, fellow veterans, and folks that care. I never thought it would be like this. She has enjoyed reminiscing about the old days. I heard stories I never heard before. Her birthday was unbelievable. Moms’ friends cannot believe the cards and caring from people that do this. Out of the 50 states there are 47 states represented plus 1 from Washington DC and 2 cards from Canada. Latest count is 621 cards! Thanks to ALL Wally”
Mission 77 (part 3): Complete
A note from his daughter Linda: I want to thank EVERYONE who sent my Dad, Robert Huerter, a birthday card for his 100th Birthday in August. Dad could not believe how many cards he received and neither could his 5 children. He kept saying I don’t recognize any of these names, I don’t know these people. I explained to him that I had submitted his name and pictures to Janine Stange so that she could share the information on her website. He couldn’t understand how these people knew he worked for Goodyear or that he had been a Highway Patrolman. We could not believe some of the handmade cards Dad received. They were just awesome! So many of the cards were decorated with lots of patriotic designs and cute fancy details. Dad received lots of handwritten notes thanking him for his service. He also received some letters from individuals telling him about their own experiences in the service or about a relative’s service history. Dad received so many cards that there really wasn’t any space in his room to display them for a picture. I apologize for taking so long to send this note and pictures. Thanks again for taking the time to honor our Dad, you have no idea how much it means to us. Thank you Janine for all you do for our Veterans, you are an Angel. Linda Burger
Want to see more pics from past missions?
National Anthem Girl Documentary
In 2014, Long Island native, Janine Stange, became the first person in history to sing the Star-Spangled Banner in all 50 U.S. states. This documentary chronicles her inspiring journey, promoting patriotism and generating gratitude for our troops, from pro baseball parks in Ohio, to donkey basketball games in West Virginia, to a battleship in Hawaii, and all states in between. Available on Amazon Prime and PureFlix.
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