I’d Live There – 4th of July Special Edition

To celebrate the 4th of July, today’s feature is a place that I have lived.

There she is ladies and gentlemen.  The USS John F. Kennedy, CV-67.  This was my home for the better part of 2003 – 2005.

This fine piece of “real estate” is a one of a kind.  She is 3.5 football fields long, displaces over 82K gallons of water, supports 80+ aircraft of various types, and can house over 5,000 crewmembers.  Unfortunately, she is no longer on the market as she was recently decommissioned in March of this year.

On this 4th of July, my family and I would like to thank all the brave men and women who have and contine to serve our country. We know the sacrifice, we understand the call, and we respect the uniform.

We would like to extend our warmest wishes to the families of these servicemen and women – the parents who hope, the spouses who wait, and the children who try so hard to understand. These jobs are the hardest in the military and most often overlooked.

This 4th of July, simply “Thanks,” from the bottom of our hearts.


  1. I remember when I was 18 and would walk out the front door of the home I was renting to be greeted by the majestic USS Missouri across the highway. I remember feeling humble while standing at the plaque where the Emporer of Japan signed the Peace Treaty and the surrender of Japan. I remember my uncle telling us about the landing craft he operating taking soldiers to the shores at Normandy. Many times I listen to Tom Rather’s audio book The Greatest Generation to keep me humble. I remember at age 19 when I joined the Marine Corps how humble I felt to those who served in combat. I remember my 20th birthday in boot camp and being told by our DI the we would not be going to Viet Nam.

    In our times today I frequently think of those who have served, those who are serving, and those who will serve. I am grateful to each and every one of you, to your families, and to the opportunity to live in the United States of America. God Bless America and those who serve to protect her freedom.

  2. Correction, Tom Brokaw, not Rather. And my uncle operated a landing craft, not operating.

  3. Wow April! Happy 4th –

  4. Doug – thank you so much for your memories, and for your service

    Christine – Hope yours was great!


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