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  Happy Birthday Major Ted
by Patrick A Granfors
Monday, March 14, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.

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The greatest generation.

My father in law, Ted Clemens served on the Navy's Most Famous aircraft carrier Enterprise, the Big “E,” during World War II. Some of those experiences have been chronicled in articles posted by Eileen. These are true stories that forged the America we were and became. Today is his 87th birthday and I wish to honor him. Please join me. He’s been bitching about Albuquerque’s nasty winter this year (and rightly so). Maybe a little Den cheer can help thaw things out for him.

Photo: The Big "E"

Major Ted it has been said

You are set deep in your ways

With legendary stubbornness

Your opinion rarely sways


You’ve lived the worst mankind can sling

That alone says where you’ve been

Yet you’ve managed to contain it all

To somewhere deep within


To say we owe you gratitude

Understates this nation’s debt

And I for one am here to say

That I will not forget


Yeah you’re sometimes cranky

But I’ve not been in your shoes

Though our opinions do not always match

You’ve earned your right to choose


So I wish you Happy Birthday Ted

For the stories that you’ve told

Inside that gruff exterior

Resides a heart of gold




With love and respect, Patrick


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Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 3/19/2011
Your wealth of experience is riches beyond calculation, Major ted.

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 3/15/2011
Nice tribute Patrick! Happy B-Day Major Ted!

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/15/2011
The Greatest Generation, Indeed. And I hope Major Ted had a marvelous birthday.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 3/14/2011
My goodness! Happy Birthday Major Ted indeed and and very big God Bless too! I have heard may tales from my father and uncles. Robert's father is filled with tales too. Hugs to you Sir as you celebrate another birthday and know we are forever grateful to you and others who served...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Richard Henkel (Reader) 3/14/2011
My sincerest wishes for a Happy Birthday sir. We will forever owe you so much more than Birthday Salutations for the years of service you gave to our country for our protection and freedom. We honor you for your 87 years of life dedicated to putting others' welfare before your own. Thank you. RC Henkel
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 3/14/2011
Happy Birthday, Ted. My Uncle, Major Edward Hull, 90, an Air Force WWII vet, is one of the mellowist guys I know. Unfortunately watched his son plunge to his death in a friend's experimental aircraft a few years back. His adopted son, Jeff looks after him now.

Thanks for your contribution, Ted

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 3/14/2011
Happy Birthday, Major. I salute you.
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 3/14/2011
Major Ted; I don't know you but I do know your daughter and son-in-law, whom I hold in the highest regard, and am more than happy to wish you, first of all, a highly revered World War Two veteran, secondly, the father of this wonderful woman and, last but not least, you're a man wise enough to allow your daughter to marry Patrick. So, Happy Birthday, Major Ted.
Mark Lichterman
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 3/14/2011
Happy Birthday Major Ted!
With much admiration,
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/14/2011
Thank you Mr. Clemens for your service to keep US free & Happy Birthday young for the winter weather, well, you should live in NJ, too much snow, too much cold & way too little warmth...hope you have more birthdays to celebrate...Ed
Reviewed by Paul Berube 3/14/2011
Nicely done, Patrick.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/14/2011
A fine tribute and gift for you father in law, Patrick. Thank you for sharing it. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Eileen Granfors 3/14/2011
Very nice, Patrick. And happy birthday, Poppa!
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