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Life Lessons Learned by Veterans

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An article was recently featured in the Herald-Tribune, published on November 5th, 2016. To read the original article, please click here.

Veterans Share Life Lessons from Military Service

For those of us who have never served in the military, it’s hard to fathom the experience. We asked veterans living at The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods to share the life lessons they learned and felt were the most important.

Mitchell Whiting (pictured) was in the military for 37 years. He served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard in the Pacific from 1944-1945 as part of the Occupation force in Japan. Mitchell learned to get along with others despite different ideals to serve one purpose.

Catherine Gallagher served in the U.S. Army as a Cadet Nurse. Her life lesson while in the military was to have compassion for the men they brought to her for care.

Thomas Billings served as a Midshipman in the U.S. Navy stations in Kansas of Pilot Training. His life lesson is “keep your nose clean.”

Dr. Joseph Bonta served on the Philippine Islands from 1952-1953 in the U.S. Air Force. He shared “be prepared, work hard.”

John Gwynn resided in the Italian/French Front while serving as a U.S. Army Anti-Aircraft 1st Lieutenant. His word of wisdom is, “Duck!”

John Kirkpatrick was stationed at the dry dock in Seattle, Washington, when serving in the U.S. Navy as a 2nd Class Serviceman. The number-one lesson he learned was to stay out of the way.

Thank you to all veterans for your service and the sacrifices you have made. An additional thank you to these veterans for sharing the most important lessons they learned from that time. To read more words of wisdom to future generations from our Watermark heroes and Veterans coast to coast, please click here.

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