Remembering Our Veterans

Veteran's Day

I grew up with being told the story of my Great Uncle Earl Van Ness, surviving the Arizona, serving through the entire war, and re-enlisting in the Army. Then only to be killed by a thug who was robbing him in his apartment in the middle of the night. This was only days after separating from the army. Thank you for your service, Great Uncle Earl.

My Uncle Earl Rufty, was named after him when he was just a young man. Uncle Earl Rufty also served in the Army in World War II. I am sorry I don’t have a picture of either of these great veterans.

Charles R. Couch

Charles R. Couch

Charles R. Couch, my father-in-law served in the Navy during World War II. His service time was on the USS Carroll (DE-171) Cannon-class destroyer escort , from commissioning in 1943 to de commissioning in November of 1945.

My husband, Daren R. Couch served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War era. His job was manning the control room of a Titan II missile.
Titan Class 1972


I am thankful that the Titan II missile was never ordered to launch. It would be doubtful that we would be here today if it did.

My son Brandon R. Couch served in the United States Army. He served in the 82nd Airborne as a paratrooper.
Brandon R. Couch Brandon R. Couch


Thank you Veteran’s related, and unrelated, during war time, and non war time who have proudly served in the military, so we could continue to have freedom!

Happy 4th of July From Sweden!

Flag and Fireworks

Flag and Fireworks

Ahh… 4th of July! Cookouts, hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, chips, lemonade, popscicles, and of course seeing the best fireworks display around. But, most of all it is a celebration of our independence. Freedom!

My residence at the time is in Sweden, temporarily. I am an American citizen. Although the holiday in Sweden must pass without all the hoopla, it is a time to reflect even more deeply on what it means to be FREE.

Today I am highlighting my father in law, Charles Couch who served in World War II, on the USS Carroll. Serving in the military is a continuing exercise in keeping us free.

Here is a picture now.

Charles and Ann Couch, age 87 and 89.

Here is a picture of him as a young seaman.

Charles Couch in 1943.

He served on the USS Carroll (DE-171) Cannon-class destroyer escort , from commissioning in 1943 to de commissioning in November of 1945.The crew and ship participated in both the North Atlantic operations, and the Pacific operations.

USS Carroll

The Japanese also signed the surrender of Tobi-Sonsorol-Merir on board the USS Carroll DE 171.

Japanes Surrender Aboard Carroll DE 171

Thank you for your service, Charles, and preserving our Freedom!

Globe Trottin Granny

Who do you thank for our freedom?