After attending the services of Airman Thomas Lyons we got into the car and drove 7 hours for me to attend the services of Robert Turnbull. I was due to speak at a gathering they held in his honor but I was running late. However, I was still able to meet Capt. Turnbull’s family and friends.
In the room were items to show you into the life of Turnbull as a son, brother, husband, and father. This included postcards and letters telling his late wife Ms. Doris how much he loved her and children. One thing that caught my eye was an old green trunk. It was Turnbull’s trunk from 1952 he sent to the base prior to his arrival. What a remarkable treasure this was. I spoke with his grandchildren because all of his children are deceased and his daughter-n-law Ms. Pasty and what a wonderful woman.
We drove the street of a small town to bring Turnbull home. As we made our way through the street cars pulled off to the side of the road to allow us to pass. This was emotional because they did this out of respect and was not asked by the police/sheriff.
We turned into the cemetery and Jarrett (the grandson) had an American Flag hanging for Turnbull to pass under. Very moving moment for me…
Later that evening I had a moment to spend time with the family, we all talked for hours about my research for the past 15 years, and I answered some unanswered questions they had. Thank you for welcoming me and my family into your home.
Thank you to the town of Cairo, GA, Pine Park Baptist Church, Barnetts Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Tyndall Air Force Base Honor Guard, Patriot Guards, VFWs, and the local police/sheriff for welcoming Capt. Turnbull home to a family that truly missed him.
Don’t fight a battle if you don’t gain anything by winning. I started the battle of bringing our men home but I have won so much more.~Tonja