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“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13)
Driving Sales community members, please know that my late Uncle, U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant Geoffrey C. Ferris, Field Artillery, (Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Purple Heart, Killed in Action at Beja, Tunisia, North Africa, May 6, 1943) and my late father, U.S. Army Major Stuart C. Ferris, Field Artillery (a veteran of the Omaha Beach landing and the infamous Battle of the Bulge), were both avid "car nuts" who would be thrilled to see what is happening right now on Driving Sales. Consider hoisting "a cold one" this weekend in their honor. They would get the biggest kick out of being so recognized by members of the automotive industry.
Readers who are veterans of military service or who otherwise appreciate the cost of freedom, take a few minutes during Memorial Day weekend to read my Uncle Geoffrey's posthumous citation for heroism (see below), read also the lyrics of the beautiful hymn "Mansions of the Lord" (from the soundtrack of the film "We Were Soldiers"), and say a silent prayer for our nation's brave airmen, soldiers, Marines and coastguardsmen who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that our loved ones and all of us may sleep peacefully, free from fear.
Mansions of the Lord (Lyrics)
To fallen soldiers let us sing,
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing,
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord.
No more bleeding, no more fight,
No prayers pleading through the night,
Just divine embrace, eternal light
In the Mansions of the Lord.
Where no mothers cry and no children weep,
We will stand and guard though the angels sleep,
Oh through the ages safely keep
The Mansions of the Lord.
FERRIS, GEOFFREY C. (KIA) Citation: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Geoffrey C. Ferris (0-420345), Second Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 6th Battalion, 33d Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 May 1943, near Beja, Tunisia. On the morning of 6 May 1943, the 33d Artillery Regiment was given the mission of taking Hill 139 in the vicinity of Beja, Tunisia. Because of the heavy machine gun and mortar fire covering all approaches, it was necessary to attack before daylight. Second Lieutenant Ferris, as artillery forward observer with the assault elements, crawled forward across open terrain swept by withering enemy machine gun fire to a point well beyond our lines. Realizing the danger of his mission, he had ordered his men to remain behind while he advanced with a wire reel and telephone until he was killed. The unselfish heroism and the courage and zeal with which Second Lieutenant Ferris performed this deed exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army. Headquarters, U.S. Army, North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 47 (July 6, 1943)
33d Field Artillery Regimental crest bearing the Latin motto "Servabo Fidem", "I will keep the faith"
America will always love you, Uncle Geoffrey. You kept the faith, courageously, to the end. You died willingly so that soldiers under your command might live. You will never be forgotten.
Your loving nephew Chris
Captain, Military Intelligence, U.S. Army (active duty rank)
S-2, 3d Battalion, 39th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 9th Infantry Division
OIC, Analysis & Production, Military Intelligence Company, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)