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Hero’s Don’t Wear Capes

Heros wear dog tags

I recently saw this photo on Facebook, and had to share it today.

Dad in Navy UniformHero’s don’t wear capes.  They wear dog tags.

And mine wore a Navy uniform.

The soldier
fights, bleeds, perhaps dies …
freedom lives.

That’s my Dad, when he was 18.

He served three tours in Vietnam.

He doesn’t talk much about his time in the Navy.   He served on the USS Hooper DE-1026 from 1965 to 1968.

USS Hooper

He has several tattoos that remind us all of his service.  One is a Geisha on his right forearm that shakes her hip when he drums his fingers, the other is an eagle.  When we were kids, we would ask him to “make her dance.”  LOL.  Now our kids ask him to.

He once had his camera taken away when he took a picture of a dead Vietnamese pilot that was face down in the water.

He stands proud when the National Anthem is sung, and smiles with one corner of his mouth when Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” is played.

He is the reason I will never watch a Jane Fonda movie.  I harbor no ill will toward her, but she disrespected my Dad, and I don’t have any desire to watch her on screen or line her pockets.

Thanks, Dad.  Thank you for serving.  Thank you for wearing dog tags.  Thank you for caring about liberty and justice.  Thank you for fighting for me, before I was ever even thought of.  Thank you for being a hero to millions of Americans who may never even know your name.

His name, by the way, is Joseph F. Shimchick.  Most people call him Butch.

Feel free to leave a comment and thank him.

Take the time to thank a Veteran today.  They took the time so you’d have the freedom to do so.

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. Love that quote! Your dad is very handsome, and you look a whole lot like him!

    • Thanks. It’s funny, the older I get, the more I look like him and the less I look like my Mom. I used to look so much like her, but now I see my Dad in me.

  2. Thank you for your service Mr. Shimchick!

  3. April Decheine says:

    Love that quote too, the dancing geisha girl, to funny, god bless!

  4. My dad won’t watch any Jane Fonda movies, either.

  5. I love that quote and totally agree! Your dad sounds like a great man!

  6. this is very nice we don;t watch jane either my brother served in nam as well a salute to all of them tell butch hey

  7. Thank you, Mr. Shimchick! May God bless you and your family. Thank you for your service and for my freedom. We all know that freedom isn’t free. You sound like an awesome father and you have a special daughter. God bles you all and God bless America!

  8. Great post!

  9. Karen Edge says:

    awesome post! your dad is so handsome too

  10. What an awesome tribute to your Dad and all the Veterans. I wish more men were like him..I also smile and stand proud when the National Anthem is sung…I wish more people would. Thank you Mr. Shimchick!

  11. Thank you, Mr. Shimchick.

    Those words seem trite…but they don’t make big enough ones.

    *I also stand proud for the National Anthem and tear up each and every time.

  12. Thanks, Joe! I appreciate your service.

  13. I cry when Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA is played. 🙂 <3

    I am glad that we're not the only people who do not line the pockets of people who disrespect.

    Thank you, Mr. Butch. You have no idea how thankful we are for you and your service. <3

  14. Thanks to all who have served, those serving, those that will, those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and those families living apart from their loved ones.

    Thank you, Mr. Shimchick for your service to your country- 3 times over.

    My Dad was Navy (Korean War) and my Mom was Army (Korean War) Father in Law is retired Marine (Vietnam War) Much like your Dad they didn’t or don’t speak of it much…….. but they all had the love of our country in common.

  15. Butch Shimchick says:

    Thanks to my loving daughter Virginia, and all of her friends for the kind, and thoughtful posts on her site. I hope all of you have all the blessings you deserve. I thank my daughter for just being herself.
    Love Ya Gynni

  16. God bless all who served and are serving our country..

  17. We have a photo just like that of my Grandpa! Love those old photos.

  18. Mike Bowen says:

    What a great story! Cherish your hero Dad! I lost my hero in Afghanistan. He was my 38 year old son. Cherish every moment! You just never know!

  19. Bob Rosenberg says:

    I served with Butch on the Hooper during the same time. I reported on board 12/65 and left the Hooper when I was discharged from the navy 10/68. Your daughter wrote some very lovely sentiments Butch. Virginia, your Dad was a great guy on the Hooper. A true shipmate.

    • Bob, thank you, for your service, and for stopping by and commenting. If my Dad was anything on the Hooper, like he is now, I know he was a great guy! Be blessed! Virginia