on the first Memorial Day since Colonel Jack Leroy Tueller joined the ranks of his fellow World War II Air Force fighter pilots up in the most glorious, golden airfield in the sky, we are moved beyond words with this video that my son, cash baker, sent to us. and not gonna lie, we get pretty choked up every time we watch it.
so we decided to do a little digging…to learn more about ole “Col. Jack” (as he apparently came to be known to all in Bountiful, Utah), and we found this article. it chronicles his entire life…from being orphaned at age 6 to a happenstance meeting with Louis Armstrong to flying over 100 missions across the English Channel with his trumpet strapped to his parachute.
thank you, Col. Jack, for your inspiration. for your words. for your spirit. for the power of music.
for being a fighter with a German love song that could change the world.
we wish we could have saluted you in person for the legacy that you leave behind. because we, for sure, are changed and inspired by your story.
on this Memorial Day, may we all remember the power of music and more than that, the power of a compassionate, kind soul.
to all of our men & women in uniform – to their families & loved ones, we may never find adequate words to thank you for your service and your sacrifice. but we promise, we’ll never stop trying.