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Gay WWII Veteran Reflects on DADT Repeal

Jim Burroway

September 20th, 2011

Jack Strouss, an 88-year-old gay World War II veteran, speaks about DADT’s repeal at a ceremony in Atlanta.

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Regan DuCasse
September 20th, 2011 | LINK

What a charmer! Wow…no thank YOU sir!

Ray Harwick
September 20th, 2011 | LINK

My husband is the same age as this guy and also a WWII veteran of the Air Force. I’m a Viet Nam era veteran. We’ve been watching the news all day with smiles on our faces but I keep thinking about my worst day in the service – the day the Leonard Matlovich story hit Time Magazine. I was in my 8th year of duty and the slurs and slime put me in a funk that, come to think of it, I really never got over. I loved my experience in the Air Force and I count it as the smartest move I ever made, but it was a humiliation beyond explanation to stand there with my mouth zipped for fear of being thrown to the ditch and have to endure the awful stuff I heard.

To Tech Sergeant Leonard Matlovich, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are ten times the man of courage I ever was.

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