Happy 4th of July

I hope every­one had a hap­py 4th of July, and that they spent some of the day hon­or­ing those who came before and made our free­doms possible.

I am think­ing espe­cial­ly of a set of mil­i­tary broth­ers tonight: 

  • Vic­tor O. John­son (1 Jan­u­ary 1872 — 5 Jan 1915) — Vol­un­teer, Span­ish-Amer­i­can War)
  • William John­son (30 Jan 1870 — 22 Aug 1942) — Vol­un­teer, Span­ish-Amer­i­can War)

Vic­tor had just passed the Nebras­ka Bar, after grad­u­at­ing from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Chica­go with hon­ors and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Nebras­ka Law School, and he had just got­ten mar­ried, when he joined up to serve in the Span­ish-Amer­i­can war. He was being sent to Cuba, but con­tract­ed typhoid fever, and was sent home. His health nev­er ful­ly recovered.

These were the kind of men whose ded­i­ca­tion has served this coun­try well.