Monday, April 19, 2010

A Medic with Honors

Last week my granduncle died. He served in the US Army in World War II as a medic in the European Theater, reaching the rank of Technician 4th Class.  I don't know too much about his time in the service, basically because he wouldn't talk about it.  But after the war he was a hometown sports legend in a semi-pro Baseball league, playing in the New England Championship in 1946.  He served as a coach and umpire/referee for local basketball, baseball, and softball teams all his life.  He served as a letter carrier in the US Postal Service for over 30 years.  Personally, I'll always remember him in his USPS uniform and smoking his pipe.

Charles J. Tracy
1925 - 2010
T/4 US Army World War 2

In one of my recent battle reports, the Arduen Campaign Part Three, my medic performed admirably, going 12 for 14 Feel No Pain saves. I had intended on giving the model some kind of medal, but he'd be put on the shelf while I worked on other stuff. He was "Medic Schmidt" in that battle, but now he's Medic Tracy.   I've given him an an updated paint job and an Imperial Laurel in recognition of his performance in the last battle, but I think the name change is the bigger honor.

8 comments:

Lach said...

Love and respect Darkwing, your uncle was a hero and its always good to see the decendents of great men showing both.

suneokun said...

Great paint job ... very touching. Go Tracey!

Max said...

Nice little memorial- keep up the good work!

clt40k said...

I think that's a very cool homage...

Admiral Drax said...

Sorry for your loss, Mate. A subtle and personal memorial though. Huzzah for medics and the chaplaincy.

Jonathan said...

My Grandfather was a Pearl Harbor survivor, and spent 20 years in the Navy. He didn't talk much about the War, either.

God bless your family and may your Uncle rest in peace. He's earned it.

Col. Hessler said...

A very unique and personal way to pay some respect.

Peace & Love, mate.

Michael said...

Way cool way to honor your family, and those that have served our country and fought for our freedom.

I think this is great.

Good on ya mate!