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WanderingHoo

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Off topic but


It’s before dawn on June 6 and I’m thinking of my Great Uncle Cal Callahan who 75 years ago was in a USN transport ship off the coast of France. He was a young Captain of an artillery unit who wouldn’t actually land until the 8th but I can only imagine the thoughts that were going through his head at that time.

Cal came back unlike so many others in his ship and the other ships assembled that morning. He attended UVA on the GI Bill, had a successful career and supported UVA with his heart and checkbook the rest of his life. The TA Room in the Blow Hall addition is named after him.

The last time I saw him was when the ACC Tournament was in Tampa. I drove over to Kissimmee where he had retired and surprised him with tickets. Dawn hadn’t come yet for the basketball program but we had a blast just spending time together watching hoops and talking about UVA and family.

Outside the arena was a US Army recruiting tent. He went over to talk to the young enlisted man handing out hats and brochures. Come to find out the recruiting officer had been assigned to the same unit Cal had led 60 years earlier. Suddenly he was royalty and everyone wanted a picture taken with him.

Cal didn’t get to see us make it all the way back in basketball but he always said if we kept doing things the right way we would reach the pinnacle.

I wore a UVA shirt of his the night of the Final so he could share in the moment and today I’m wearing that Army ball cap his fellow “duck hunter” gave him in Tampa that afternoon.

To Cal and all who were with him that morning, to those who came back and moved on with their lives and especially to those who never left France,

Thank you.
[Post edited by WanderingHoo at 06/06/2019 05:39AM]

Posted: 06/06/2019 at 04:55AM



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Off topic but -- WanderingHoo 06/06/2019 04:55AM
  Wow -- WanderingHoo 06/06/2019 4:17PM
  Thanks for sharing - what a great story!! ** -- Huff Daddy 06/06/2019 1:56PM
  Great post! ** -- SaxonHoo 06/06/2019 12:59PM
  You sir , just put up my favorite post. -- builtbadgers 06/06/2019 10:55AM
  Amen brother ** -- H-burghoo 06/06/2019 12:30PM
  Great story, even better sentiment. ** -- SW_CTHoo 06/06/2019 10:12AM
  Thank you thank you ** -- 141lile 06/06/2019 09:55AM
  POTCentury ** -- BrevardHoo 06/06/2019 09:49AM
  Great stuff and special memories. God -- bridgehoo 06/06/2019 09:14AM
  Thank you. Have a similar story -- Randyterp 06/06/2019 08:24AM
  Amen. ** -- Hoodlum 06/06/2019 08:19AM
  Powerful. God bless those men and your Uncle. ** -- C-N Hoo 06/06/2019 07:51AM
  Thank you for sharing that. ** -- WahooFla 06/06/2019 07:48AM
  Thanks. Will do the same at the War Memorial here. -- HoosForever 06/06/2019 08:38AM
  Uh, sergeant :-) ** -- QuakerDave 06/06/2019 08:20AM
  Wonderful remembrance! Thank you for sharing! ** -- PhillyHoo 06/06/2019 06:59AM
  On the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day -- HoosForever 06/06/2019 06:16AM

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