Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Honoring Our Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, I wanted to share a story, and not just any story, but of a WWII veteran I've had the privilege of getting to know over the years. Let me introduce you to Rudy Bise.

                 By Sea and Air

                Written by: Tanya Eavenson
Edward Rudolph (Rudy) Bise had an insatiable thirst for aviation, fueled by his father who taught him to fly at age ten. At age seventeen, Rudy desired to put his flying skills to good use, so on December 7, 1944 he made decided to join the Air Force, but they turned him down. Needless to say, this didn’t stop Rudy from enlisting, and he soon joined the Navy’s Amphibious Force which was known for its rigorous training and its ability to move swiftly through water and over land.
It wasn't long after Rudy volunteered to join the crew of the USS Swanson - Destroyer DD443. On June 21, 1945, the USS Swanson headed out to sea and traveled to Pearl Harbor. It was during his time in the Pacific, Rudy found himself in the last stages of World War II. He was involved in two invasions and witnessed the atomic cloud from Hiroshima. While being drawn into one of the biggest battles in history, he still thought deeply about his family, saving money to send back to the states.

In a letter to his sister, Fanny, Rudy wrote, “I know all the money I send home comes in handy for they have no income whatever. It looks like a bad year for them. I know it will be well over a year before I get to come home.”

It wasn’t until the death of his brother that Rudy decided it was time to return home, even though he was asked to sign on for four more years. He enjoyed the camaraderie and “having a swell time” with the crew from the USS Swanson, but he longed to reunite with his family.

After meeting and marrying his wife, Rudy’s thirst for flying flamed and he secured a job with Eastern Airlines as a pilot. He worked there for thirty-three years until the age of sixty when he retired. Hurricane Katrina forced the Bises’ to leave Texas and move to Alabama.
The Vice Admiral of the U.S. Navy, Daniel E. Barbey once said, “The Amphibious Force trained its personnel, fought a determined enemy, and carried Allied troops forward with accelerating pace and swelling power. Its strength and its success derived from the qualities of the individuals who composed it--foresight, courage, indefatigable energy, resourceful "know-how", the will to endure danger and suffering and hardship.”
The words from Vice Admiral of the U.S. Navy, Daniel E. Barbey, not only sum up Rudy’s dedication to his country and to the men he served, but also reflects his commitment as a RSVP volunteer. Rudy actively volunteers as a greeter at Hospice of West Alabama, FOCUS on Senior Citizens, Salvation Amy’s Angel Tree, the Yellow Dot Program, and assists with the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program.
Although his work is much different from his time in the military, his service and strength in helping others has not wavered.

 ~ Tanya Eavenson enjoys spending time with her husband, and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book. Tanya is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Word Weavers International, and writes for Christ to the World Ministries. Her books are available on Amazon and other retailers. You can find her at http://www.tanyaeavenson.com/


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