Editor’s note: My friend, Mark Alley, has lived an exciting — sometimes too exciting — life. Mark’s bio from his site denotes, “I am a recently-retired US law enforcement officer, having worked 41 years for the FBI, the US Marshals, a coastal CA county and 35 years for a 2,000+ officer department in Northern California. I am a Silverback, an Oathkeeper and always a Sheepdog.” In short, Mark served his country for over four decades. If one wonders how a man could decide to serve in a dangerous profession, safeguarding the life of others, this newest post answers that question. Mark is the son and grandson of American heroes. What a wonderful legacy. I’m proud to call Mark “friend.” Read on. Tami Jackson
By Mark Alley
My father, Col Richard L Alley, passed away eight years ago today, at the age of 88. I clearly recall the one thing he said about his own father, who passed away in the front yard at the age of 80: “I just want to live longer than he did.”
And so it was.
My mother and father met in Sacramento when Dad was training at Mather Air Field.
He ended up flying missions for the 8th AF in B-17s, made his missions in one piece and returned to the states, where he became an instructor in B-25s.
Here Dad is being trained to fly.
Dad’s father, Verto, served in World War I. (Picture below, left) Verto and Kathleen married soon after. This photo got Verto through WW I. (Picture below, right)
My father (below left) with his brother Jim in Kansas City, Missouri, 1925. All three brothers served in World War II. Dad chose the Air Force, Uncle Jim served in the army and Uncle Bill in the navy.
I miss my father every day and honor his service. Col Richard L. Alley, USAF, 1920 to 2009, WWII and Vietnam.
The same folded flag above is in a polished cherry walnut case no more than four feet from me as I write, with three of the brass casings fired at his salute.
First published at Bloviating Zeppelin
About Mark Alley:
A former Democrat in his tender and ignorant youth, he is now a Conservative first and, these days, quite a distant Republican with a dash of Libertarian mixed in for good measure.
Mark is a recently-retired US law enforcement officer, having worked 41 years for the FBI, the US Marshals, a coastal CA county and 35 years for a 2,000+ officer department in Northern California. He is a Silverback, an Oathkeeper and always a Sheepdog.
Alley believes in God, the strength of America, the brilliance of our Founding Fathers, the valor of our military, and the need for Leadership in all forms and on every level. He is not an advocate of censorship as he believes everyone on the Far Left has a God-given right to be painfully stupid — as he has a right to expose said stupidity.