Corporal William Joyce Sewell Borie, Jr. by Polly Peacock

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UPDATE – As of 11/11/13 this photograph has had 1,900 views. Sadly, Bill passed away on 9/16/13, as there was nothing more that could be done for him, since his entire body was shutting down. So, this is yet another dedication to a man who did so much for his country, as well as for those of us who loved him dearly. I am a much better person for having him in my life and will miss his good natured spirit and the love that we shared…He may have left Earth, but he will always be deeply embedded in my heart and soul. I want to thank each and every one of you who left beautiful comments – they will always be cherished! Rest in peace dear Bill…

My Step-Dad, Bill, turned 85 this past Friday. Bill is a WWII Vet. He enlisted when he was 18 and was in the 28th Infrantry Division. This Division is the oldest Division in the history of the armed forces in the U.S., going back to 1879. Stationed at Normandy, he was part of a three man team that shot a Howitzer Canon. He explained to me how it worked. The guy on the left set the position using a guide to sight their target. The guy on the right then set the canon into the proper position, after being instructed by the sighter. The guy behind the canon would have previously loaded it and when all was set, he would be commanded to set it off. They were on the front line. They all took turns rotating jobs. After Paris was invaded and then taken back, Bill marched under Arc de Triomphe in Paris with the 28th Division from Pennsylvania, among tens of thousands other soldiers to celebrate their victory. While here at my parent’s house, I happened to find this picture of Bill in a Photo Album. I had it scanned in and then went on July 4th to a nearby helicopter Museum during the darkness of the night. Driving all over the grass to get the right lighting, I put on my high beams to capture this old Shawnee. Then I combined the two and framed it for Bill’s Birthday. He was so surprised and pleased!! Unfortunately, my Step-Dad is now riddled with Dimentia, however, he is still remembers World War II. This is a compilation of a helicopter that was photographed in West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA with a Canon 40D and a WWII photo of my Step-Dad added.


American’s marching after fighting for 7 weeks in Normandy to celebrate their victory of reclaiming Paris:

My life is like a well read book that’s never ending, at least for this moment in time. As I continually add new chapters to my book, I find that my photography plays a big part in it. This is most especially true as my great love and fascination with Mother Naure never wanes. It’s my hope that you, too, will share my joy as the pages in my book of life continue to flip forward! My Very Best, Polly Peacock

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  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearover 5 years ago

    Salute to Bill for serving our country in a helluva war and HAPPY BIRTHDAY too ;) xoxox ♥ ♥ ♥

  • Thanks Sis – I read all the replies to him today and he was happy!!! I just love this picture of him and will frame it for myself as well after I get settled back here!! Love ya!!!! xoxoxo! :))))

    – Polly Peacock

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    excellent work

  • Thanks so much Kathy – he is quite a guy and I love him very dearly, as you can probably guess!! :))))

    – Polly Peacock

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseover 5 years ago

    What a beautiful tribute to this awesome man………………
    This image is spectacular dear Pol……………
    hugs, Rosie xoxo

  • Aww…thanks so much Rosie – I read all of the compliments to him today and he was grinning ear to ear!! He loves his new picture and boy was he a looker too, huh? I appreciate your sweet compliments as always – you are a special treasure to have as a dear friend!! xoxoxo!! :))))

    – Polly Peacock

  • aspectsoftmk
    aspectsoftmkover 5 years ago

    oh what a wonderful tribute to bill…..hey bill…happy birthday!!! and way to go on the lighting….and sneaking around to get the shot!….wonderful loving work sis…xoxoxox

  • Thanks Sis!! I read the compliments to him today and of course he grinned nice n’ big! It was perfect timing to shoot in the dark, because everybody else was watching the fireworks – lol!! hehehehe!!! xoxoxoxox to you my dear friend!! :))))

    – Polly Peacock

  • ericseyes
    ericseyesover 5 years ago

    Wow, what an amazing tribute, cudos to you! I’m sure it really ment a lot to him.

  • Thanks so much Eric – yes, when he got the picture he was totally flabbergasted and couldn’t quite figure out how I had done it, but he loves it and ya know what? I love him!!! :)))))

    – Polly Peacock

  • arvyart
    arvyartover 5 years ago

    Awsome image and a piece of history in your story! You amaze me as always, dear Polly. Happy birthday, Bill! :)

  • Aww…my sweet, sweet Arvy! You are such a treasured friend young man and you amaze me as well with your beautiful photography!! I read all of the compliments to Bill today and he was grinnin’ ear to ear!! Big hugs are on your way, floating on clouds – they will find you too, as they keep track of adventurous you!!! :)))))

    – Polly Peacock

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 5 years ago

    Great photo to share and nice of you to give it to him!!!

  • Thanks Steph!! I read him all of the compliments today and he was tickled pink! I love him with all of my heart and soul and would do anything to make him laugh, as well as to keep him safe and sound!!! There is no greater gift than to give love!!! :))))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...over 5 years ago

    G’day mate.
    I am speaking on behalf of my fellow Aussie’s when I say that, when the Yanks came over to Australia during W.W.2, they stole all our women.
    All I can say is Thank God you did come to Australia, because we now have a bond that will never be cut.
    I pride myself for being able to call Americans my friends, and I know that there are many Australians that world personally thank you for what you did during those years at war.
    Me personally, I am proud to have a friend like Polly and would wish your whole family all the luck in the world……

  • Yup bro’! Heck, the way I see it is that we are all related from the beginning of mankind and just wish the rest of the world could feel the same!!! I’m proud to have such a dear friend as you Lar and doncha ever forget that! When you visit TK, I am going to be so there in spirit, oh, and on the phone too!!! Thanks again for the beautiful compliment!! xoxoxoxo!!! :))))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Cathy Cale
    Cathy Caleover 5 years ago

    Fabulous Polly!! ({:o)

  • Thanks so much Cathy, I’m so glad that you like it!! :))))

    – Polly Peacock

  • NancyC
    NancyCover 5 years ago


  • Thanks so very much Nancy!! I really appreciate this and so does Bill – he is all excited about it and this is making his evening!!! Also, thanks for your volunteer work to make features happen – I appreciate that as well!! Cheers!! :))))))

    – Polly Peacock

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