Today is a Happy, Sad Day! It is my dads 77th birthday. (R.I.P.)
You See, my Hero, Jackie Eugene Laughter passed away in 2011 due to complications of Agent Orange.
I can sit here and complain how much I miss him and just cry But I know he would just stand there and look at me with love in his eyes and say “Boy, there is nothing to cry for. We will see each other again soon. Now be good for your mother and give me lovins”. Then give me lots of Kisses and a Big Bear Hug!
How I miss those days when he would say those words to me and then tie one of this cut boot stings to my wrist and say “This is our life line, Don’t remove it until I get home. I have mine tied to me and you have yours tied to you.”
You see, my Dad was in the ARMY and he fought in the War and for OUR Country in Several Conflicts, in fact during his 21 year active duty career, he served tours of duty in Kentucky, Korea (3 tours), Washington, Vietnam, Maryland, Virginia, Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Cuba, Cambodia, and Germany. In 1968 he was assigned to help protect President Lyndon B Johnson.
Seeing him leave to join his troop was heart breaking. We would watch them march off and listen to them sing their silly tones until we could no longer see them, but waiting for return home was worse, we listened for the TANKS!
Tanks meant the troops were coming home! This is what we wanted to hear and you could hear these coming three miles away! And yes when dad came home he would cut off the boot lace and mom would but it way until the next time dad would have to leave again and the string would be retied to my wrist.
To this day, I love the sound of tanks!
I have a lot of memories of my dad, not just when lived overseas when he fought in the war but when we moved back here to the USA: we traveled a lot, my parents bought “The Land” (10 acres), he took me hunting, fishing, camping, taught me to shoot a gun, taught me to fight, he got to walk me down the aisle when I got married, was there for me when I was diagnosed with cancer, the day he passed away.
He left this earth way to early.
I would love it if you could share your memories/ stories so my children and grandchildren can also know what a wonderful man he was.
Thank you to everyone that will share their stories, pictures, videos, etc. It means a lot not just to me But to our entire family. All the stories will keep his memory alive!
Here are Memories from Family that I took from Facebook and placed Here for all to enjoy! I will Add More as they Come in Unless They use the Comment Section on this Website!
Thank you to those that have shared their memories of my dad, All memories help to Heal your Hearts!
Tina Coats I miss grandpa like crazy, I wish he was here to see me and the kids and just to sit and talk. God I miss that man’s voice 😥 I know he is watching from heaven but I wish he was here on earth. he left to soon 😥
Tina Coats I remember this one day when I was younger, I was like 4 or maybe 5 years old, I think it was before my sister Tori Murphy was born) my grandparents had came to visit us at the trailer we had lived in, I was dressed up like a nurse or doctor and giving Grandpa a “check-up” and he asked “what would you like to be when you grow up” I told him I wanted to be a nurse, because I wanted to help people. Momma (Carolyn Murphy) do you remember grandpa telling me that I would make a great nurse? Then he sat me on his lap and we made silly face and joked around laughing. I miss my grandpa like crazy and wish heaven wasn’t so far away, I wish he was here to see me go through college and become a medical professional. I wish my girls got to know him like we did or like their brother got to know him. He is forever my guardian angel and I know he is proud of me. Just today is emotional, I would give anything to hear his voice again, to hear him call me his “little boy” just one more time, to sit there and listen to all of he crazy jokes or stories, to be able to give him a hug or tell him I love him. He was taken from us way to early, but I know that he is no longer in pain or suffering from the painful side effects of his cancer, diabetes, blindness or the Agent Orange. He will forever and always be my hero.