Fatass to Badass: 11/11/11: Veterans Day

Posted: November 11, 2011 in Fatass to Badass

It’s Veterans Day(no apostrophe). In some parts of the world it’s known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. We celebrate on November 11th because it was at the 11th hour of the 11th day of November(11th month) 1918. It was then that the major hostilities of World War I ended with the Germans signing of the Armistice.

Toward the end of each November we sit around a table shoveling turkey and green bean casserole while being thankful. The real time to be thankful is today


Here are a couple of badasses that are close in my life. Last night, I had a chance to ask them all a few questions about their service to our country.

Chad Kirk

I paid a little tribute to Chad yesterday. He and I are best buds. We marched in high school together and have remained friends for a very long time. Chad served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Chad served several years playing brass in The Commandant’s Own Drum & Bugle Corps.

What made you join the service?
I wanted to be a member of the best.
How did you best serve your country?
By honoring our fallen and continuing the legacy of our Corps through honor, courage and commitment.

Chris Hochreiter


Chris is my mother’s husband and a great guy. Chris served 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired as a Master Sergeant (E-8). Chris served as the procurement chief at 8th & I. He also toured in Japan and Okinawa. His last tour was at Quantico as enlisted contracting officer.

What made you join the service?
I wanted to protect the freedom for my loved ones.
How did you best serve your country?
Desert Storm. I was responsible for procuring all ballistic steel used on the D7J bulldozers that allowed our troops to dig through the berms to get access to areas during Shock & Awe campaign.

Pasquale Librie

Pasquale is my grandfather. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Schofield Barracks which was established in 1908 to provide mobile defense of Pearl Harbor and the entire island. The night before the attack on Pearl Harbor, grandpa was on leave and went out with my Uncle Jimmy to party and wound up sleeping at Ft. Ruger. When the attack happened, my Uncle Jim was on guard duty in the crater on Diamond Head. Grandpa awoke to sirens realizing this was not a drill. He dressed and tried to get into town. He got through Honolulu amidst the chaos and arrived back at Schofield after the bombing was over and his unit had already moved to the mountains for guard duty and he arranged to join the rest of his unit and stood guard for weeks in case of another attack. He left the Army after WWII and was unable to find work but re-enlisted in 1947. During that time he was part of the peace keeping force in Japan after WWII and in Germany during the Berlin crisis for six years. He retired in 1963.

What made you join the service?
A friend who was stationed in Hawaii convinced me to join and come to Hawaii.
How did you best serve your country?
During the attack on Pearl Harbor which resulted in WWII and going to Australia and Dutch New Guinea to fight the Japanese.

Take a moment to remember our troops and give thanks today. In case you missed any of the content I posted this week, here are the links.


Monday: Weekend Review: Farmer’s Market, Spice and Zip Lining
Tuesday: From the Kitchen: Primal Sausage-stuffed Zucchini Boats
Wednesday: The Road: 11/9/11: Cheering Section
Thursday: The Missing Link: 11/10/11
Friday: Weekly Weigh-In: 11/11/11



Here are some quick photos I took this week.

Have a great weekend! Talk to you soon!

  1. Heather says:

    Awesome tribute…xoxo

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