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''My Brave Dad'' written by 4th grader Cody Giles

by Cody Giles
Mr. Curry's Language Arts
John Adair Middle School Fourth Grade

This is a memoir about my Dad Jeff. Lieutenate Comander is what they call him when he is gone, he is in the Navy, you see. Having a dad that's gone most of the time is hard. He's even gone on weekends! Keep reading to find out more. He is also a UN Peace Keeper. I hope I can live up to him.

These stories are about when he is gone.

Like one time he got a call from the Navy. They were calling him to go on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, a really big aircraft carrier for 4 months. It was hard, four months felt like a year to me. The best part about it is that me and my brother got to go on it! I was little, I was six. That's only one reason why he is brave. He was defending his country by being apeace keeper.

Here is another story about him being brave. Just when my Dad thought they wouldn't call again, they did. He had to go for four weeks training before he had to go to Africa. We said our good-byes and he was off. I guess that was a brave story to me. When he got back from two weeks of training we spent our last day together and drove him to the airport to get him to Africa. I don't know how it is there, but my Dad calls me sometimes and tells me what it is like.

No more about the Navy. This story is about him being brave at home. One day when I was at my old house there were two snakes in the garage. My Dad came out and killed them. That shows he's being brave not only on UN missions but at home, too. He is a role model for me. One day I wish to become a US Navy Seal.

What have we learned here, people? That my Dad is one of the bravest people in my country. Do you have a brave person in your family? Or a role model?

My dad, Lieutenant Comander Jeff, is my role model and I'm proud to call him my Dad!


June1, 2004 feature story about Jeff Giles' upcoming tour of duty

LCDRGiles' first letter after arrival in Africa

LCDRGiles' second letter home

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4th grader writes about his dad in service

2004-12-02 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy. CODY GILES chose a subject dear to his heart when Mr. Curry challenged him to write in his Language Arts class at John Adair Middle School. Cody begins, "This is a memoir about my Dad Jeff." Click 'read more' for Cody's full story.
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