|The Good Doc and I took 98 year old WWII War Hero Peter Poulos out for breakfast Saturday morning.|
Pete had the Spartan omelet...and barely touched it as you might guess.
Once upon a time an American man over the course of his life took two solemn oaths. The first one ended with "So Help Me God" as the young man raised his right hand and repeated the words from a United States Military officer to take up arms and defend his country. The other oath ends with "I do" preceded by a clergyman saying "til death do you part".
|Pete spearheaded the campaign to establish this memorial for Greek-American soldiers.|
I once again had the high honor of breaking bread with the Den's favorite soldier, Peter Poulos, age 98 who fought in the Pacific Theatre during World War II encountering some of the fiercest fighting of the war getting wounded 3 times, once by bayonet in hand to hand combat, all while having a bad case of malaria. The next time I have a bad day, I'll keep it in the context of how it compares to a Pete Poulos bad day.
|The quote reads: "Until now we used to say that the Greeks fight like heroes. Now we shall say:'The Heroes fight like Greeks'". Winston Churchill|
|The Poulos boys answered The Call of the Bugle.|
|This is Pete's oldest brother Nick's fresh grave awaiting warm weather and sod. Nick was Pete's |
favorite brother and made it to 103.
Pete stayed in school until 8th grade as his remarried father wanted him to quit and go to work to help support the family. Pete worked hard laying cable for the electric company til WWII rolled around and he enlisted and saw heavy action in the South Pacific until his wounds and malaria required him going on light duty as part of General MacArthur's personal security detail. For his wartime heroism and the high and mighty that sang his praises, Pete was given the plum assignment of being appointed the Gold Coast's mailman where Frank Sinatra always insisted someone fetch "The Greek" to join him for coffee at The Pump Room and Hugh Hefner always told Pete to make himself at home in the original Playboy Mansion.
|This is where Pete's wife Julie is buried. Pete has been here every day since the day she died.|
Soon after Pete got back from the war, one hot summer day he walked into a soda fountain when the owner recognized him as the soldier who gave him his coat on a long march. The owner treated his no longer anonymous Good Samaritan to an ice cold soda and then Pete saw the most beautiful girl he'd ever seen who happened to be the owner's sister and this fearless war hero froze up and didn't think a beautiful girl like that would ever want to have anything to do with a man like him with only an 8th grade education. He got up his courage and this beautiful girl, Julie, became his bride a year later. They were married for over 50 years until she died in 2000.