"It's a real blessing. a real thrill."
"Words really can't express - a really wonderful experience and speaks well for our community."
TWO BROTHERS ... TIED TOGETHER BY MUCH MORE THAN JUST BLOOD. THEY ARE BOUND FOREVER BY THEIR PART IN SAVING A GREAT DEMOCRACY FROM PERISHING.
WHEN THEIR NATION NEEDED HELP, THE DONLEY PARENTS IN BELLEVUE SENT NOT TWO SONS BUT THREE.
ONLY TWO WOULD COME HOME.
"I remember when I went in, my mother came down to the bus depot to see me off and i was the last one - I remember her tears. But she was more than willing - very patriotic."
J-W ... KNOWN AS "DUB" TO HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY ... THE OLDEST BROTHER ... VOLUNTEERED FOR THE SERVICE IN 1941. TWO YEARS LATER, MAX WAS IN HIS BARRACKS IN OKLAHOMA, WHEN HE GOT A SURPRISE VISIT.
"I hadn't seen him in two years. Knocked on the back screen door & wanted to know if donley was in there and i said yeah. and it was him! "Did you guys jump up and down and hug each other?" "Oh yeah, we sure did!"
DUB AND MAX SERVED TOGETHER IN THE ARMY'S 42ND INFANTRY--THE RAINBOW DIVISION ... AND WERE ON THE SAME SHIP TAKING THEM OVERSEAS.
DURING THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE ... DUB VOLUNTEERED FOR THE FRONTLINE ... AND SHRAPNEL HIT HIM ABOVE THE EYE, KILLING HIM INSTANTLY.
REX FOUND OUT FROM A CHAPLAIN THAT ONE OF HIS BROTHERS HAD DIED.
"Course, it's like a lightning bolt hit me. It's an unbelievable hurt. But I didn't know which one - & we were so close that i knew at that very moment I loved em the same. B/c it hurt just as much, whichever one it was."
MANY YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE THREE BROTHERS WENT OFF TO FIGHT THE NAZIS AND JAPANESE IN FAR AWAY LANDS....
BUT THE MEMORIES BURN BRIGHT BEHIND THE GREY HAIR AND WEATHERED BROWS...AND HAVE MISSED THEIR BROTHER EVERY SINGLE DAY SINCE THEY CAME HOME.
"But i'm gonna see him again."
"Many many - believe nearly five thousand men lost their lives. Like i said before, i believe with this great country of ours and the wonderful opportunities we have if they could come back here, they'd do it again."
"You're livin in a good country there's no question about that."
KATIE CROSBIE, KFDX 3 NEWS.
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