a fighter with a love song.

May 24, 2017

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.

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  • Reply Nina Blanco May 24, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    This is among the most beautiful stories I have come across! What a precious, amazing soul Col. Jack is. I’m sure he’s continuing to play his trumpet for Jesus! Thankful Cash captured this and thank you gals for sharing! Happy Memorial Day to all who serve!

  • Reply Tina Higgins May 24, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you for sharing this amazing story!

  • Reply Anonymous May 24, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Beautiful video Cash, thank you for sharing this with us.

  • Reply Lisa May 25, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Such a cool story! ! Thank you for sharing it.

  • Reply Lenore Mireles May 29, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Writing through my tears, thanks for the reminder of all the blessing that we have because of people like Col.Jack.

  • Reply Michelle E. Black October 11, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Thank you Jolie for posting this. One of the greatest gifts is when our children bring us what moves them, inspires them or makes them question everything. So here’s to always being teachable, inspired and open to what our children have to show us, because the illusion is that we are here to guide them, but my sneaking suspicion is that it is the other way around! Love this story. Thank you for sharing.

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