June Miller Supe

June’s father was the Army Private in Germany in April 1945

AND THE MOTHERS PRAY

May 1917 – A US Army Sergeant served at the Western Front. As he lay in the glutinous mud in the trench, he thought of his mother.

And at home, his mother prayed.

April 1945 – A US Army Private walked slowly down the almost deserted street of a small town in Germany. Smelling the aroma of freshly baked bread, he went inside. As he continued down the street, he remembered it was his birthday. He thought of his mother.

And at home, his mother prayed.

September 1952 – A US Navy Lieutenant lay on the deck of his carrier after an all-Navy raid destroyed an oil refinery North Korea. The raid was over quickly leaving everyone on the ship jubilant. As he rested, he thought of his mother.

And at home, his mother prayed.

November 1970 – A unit of US Army Special Forces troops raided the Vietnamese prison camp just twenty miles from Hanoi. No prisoners were freed – the American had been moved some time earlier. A member of the unit suffered the disappointment of not finding his fellow countrymen. He thought of his mother and of theirs.

And at home, his mother prayed.

January 1991 – A US Air Force pilot flew over Kuwait on a mission. As he returned to base, his thoughts turned home to his mother.

And at home, his mother prayed.

November 2004 – Many men and women are away from home defending the United States and fighting terrorism. They think of their mothers.

And at home, their mothers pray.