Posted on Jun 26, 2021
PO3 Aaron Hassay
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Did your dad teach you anything?

Veteran or not did your dad teach you anything?
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He taught me what NOT to do as a father....
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This as well. He did teach me a few other things as well.
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Sgt John Steinmeier
Sgt John Steinmeier
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Likewise. However my Stepdad did teach me both directly and indirectly and I am far more him than I am my father.
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Sgt John Steinmeier - I definitely am not a mirror of my father, or any relative, honestly, and I wish for it to stay like that.
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CSM Darieus ZaGara
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He taught me what respect meant. That led to A life where I did not judge, ridicule, or displayed hatred toward anyone.
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LTC Stephen C.
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My father taught by example, PO3 Aaron Hassay, and looking back, I think he taught me everything that I really needed to know. I consider him to be the greatest of men. He was a smart, kind, forgiving and gentle gentleman, but when I went astray, I was corrected appropriately. Were the world’s leadership comprised of men like him, it would be a much better place.
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PO3 Aaron Hassay
PO3 Aaron Hassay
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Have any examples of where and how he would correct something you did?
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LTC Stephen C.
LTC Stephen C.
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Certainly, PO3 Aaron Hassay. He had a mechanical engineering degree and he was an excellent athlete (three years collegiate baseball letterman). He always helped me with my math homework, showing me where I was wrong and how to do the problems correctly. He helped me with sports, especially baseball, helping correct the things I was doing incorrectly. I’m sure there are countless other and more subtle corrections he made that don’t come to mind. On occasion, and not frequently, when I misbehaved I got a spanking. Looking back, I don’t think I ever got one I didn’t deserve. It wasn’t a task he relished.
It’s his overall character, behavior and demeanor that I remember most, and I wish that I could have been more like him.
By the way, he was a veteran of WWII, having served in the Pacific as a LTJG in the U.S. Navy.
Truly, he was one of the Greatest Generation and he left this world in 2015 at the age of 93. I think of him often.
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