Thank You For Your Service

Lloyd Livingston, as a young marine serving in the Pacific Theater during WWII.

I would like to thank all the veterans for there service to our great nation. We owe you so much. I particularly want to call out my father Lloyd Livingston, USMC Pacific Theater WWII, Walter Matthew, Army Pacific Theater WWII, my uncle David Norcross, USMC Korea, my Uncle Daniel Norcross, Army, my sons Christopher and Stephen Livingston both USAF, Iraq and Afghanistan, and lastly, my nephew David Livingston, Army Afghanistan.

Both my Dad and Walter served on Anti-Aircraft batteries that used guns like the one pictured here.

Thank You For Your Service, Veterans

Anti aircraft artillary, WWII

The 120MM Anti-Aircraft artillery

There has been a magazine for everything.  I was able to scan this one because a dear friend and World War II US Army vet provided it to me.  Walter helped operate these big cannons in the Pacific during the war.  He saved this magazine cover from that time, because this was his gun.  The AAA or anti-aircraft artillery operated in a four gun configuration with all guns wired into a targeting computer.  Walter ran the range finder for the operation, which determined how long the fuses were set to burn.  Once the fuses were set and a targeting solution was set in the computer the guns moved in unison to find their target.

Seeing this meant a lot to me, because my Dad did the same job on the 90 MM version of this cannon.  He was in a Marine defense battalion in the Pacific during WWII.

So today thank a vet for his or her service.  I want to remember my Dad and say thank you to Walter, my uncles, my sons, my nephew and all the other veterans who fought to protect our freedom.  To so many we owe so much.