Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

Dear friends and family,


Merry Christmas Everyone! Yes, 2011 has nearly expired to make room for another year. Looking back over past decades with nostalgia, I'm flooded with memories (I'm 90 years old—celebrated August 8th) of past experiences. I lived through the Dust Storms of the 1930's, the grasshopper plagues, and jackrabbit drives. That brings us up to WW2. In my Army years we crossed the Atlantic on the original Queen Elizabeth ship to England in preparation for the June 1944 Normandy France Invasion via Utah Beach. Our unit joined General George S Patton's third army across France. December 1944 Battle of the Bulge from Belgium, Luxembourg, across the Rhine River into Germany. I served as an interpreter for our unit, since I spoke German from childhood. May and June found us near the Czechoslovakia border. We returned to camp Lucky Strike—France to board a Kaiser Liberty Boat (ship) for bumpy ride across the Atlantic, with ocean waves brushing over the front deck next to our escort of Porpoise with their rhythm. We rode on the deck by the rail, feeling so sick! Then back to my job for 54 years at Thies Packing Co., highlighted in November 1947 with the birth of my twins—Becky and Dennis. The Lord has blessed me with great family and friends. Becky is employed as the Parish Administrator of a church and Dennis retired from the Army, now full time organist at Western Hills Methodist Church, El Paso, Texas. His wife Marie serves as a Major in the US Army at Fort Bliss.

I am doing fine. I made a couple trips to the hospital this year, but with good medical care and lots of hard work, I've recovered from a bout of dehydration and 14 cracked ribs. My meals are delivered by Meals on Wheels, so I have daily company in my house! My daughter Becky and her husband Larry Jamison look after me. I lean on them quite a bit.

This is a summary of life in Canon City, Colorado. Happy to be healthy and wishing each of you a joyous Christmas and prosperous New Year. Stay in touch. Oh by the way, if you have a computer, visit my blog "Ernie's Journeys" at I'd be very happy to hear from you (email me at MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Debbie Blanton McCoy said...

Ernie, thank you for your service to our country. Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

Sheri said...

Oh Ernie! How wonderful to read your blogs again! I am so glad to see you are back to sharing your memories with us. Please share more that have to do with being Germans from Russia and what it was like growing up.

Les said...

Glad to see your post again. Last year I meet a fellow you said (after I asked him) that he walked all the way from Normandy to Czechoslovakia.
That was quite a trek you guys made!
God bless!

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

Great to hear from you, Ernie! Merry Christmas to you and have a wonderful New Year.

Greta Koehl said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Ernie! So good to read about your memories again!

Anke said...

You are a brilliant writer. Wuesche Dir viel Glueck und Gesundheit fuer 2012. Anke