Loads of Love
Loads of Love
As owner of VSH Logistics, LLC, I am proud and honored that my grandfather Arthur Tatlock, served in WWII as a 1st Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. My grandfather was a resident at the Veteran’s Home in Central Maine along with my grandmother until their passing in 2014 and 2015.
Our family created this non-profit to honor the legacy of my grandfather and his giving Christian spirit of helping those often forgotten Veterans with simple things like visitation, clothing and personal items.
To give you an idea of my grandfathers giving spirit, here is an article that ran on November 11, 2010 in the Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel.
– Ed Crosby
WORLD WAR II:
Line was blurred between friend and foe
FROM ARTHUR TATLOCK
Submitted by his daughter Lori Gagnon.
My Dad my be 90-years-old, but he is still a proud Marine. His mind may not be as sharp as when he was younger, but his love of country has never waned.
Dad isn’t one to tell war stories, but on occasion and if in the right mood, he will share some of the events that occurred in the Pacific during WWII. I’ve heard about foxholes and forward artillery, tragedy and triumph and things in between, but this story is my favorite by far. It displays Dad’s Christian character and compassion, two of his most endearing qualities. I will do my best to tell the story as he would have back in the day.
“”I was a 1st Lieutenant in the Marine Corps out on patrol with a small group of soldiers on Iwo Jima. The air was hot and humid, the kind that could dull the senses, but this was war and we were on high alert, watching, waiting, blood pumping, adrenaline poised to release at the slightest sight or sound. The enemy was out there.”
“”In the distance I saw a cave, and then saw something reflected by the light. Slowly and quietly we approached and when they emerged, we surrounded them. Their dirty uniforms were the only thing to identify them as soldiers, for they were gaunt and emaciated, weakened by war and lack of food. Still, they were the enemy and they were stripped and searched for weapons. Sensing their vulnerability and need, I asked the men to feed them. They protested, lobbying to kill them and be over with it.”
“”To their pleas I responded, “Break out your rations — THAT is an order!” They did so reluctantly, and the men quickly consumed what little food we had. They were brought back to camp as prisoners of war, but for a brief moment the line between friend and foe was blurred. They weren’t the enemy; they were men like me, human and frail.””
Each year VSH Logistics gives back to the community in many different ways. Last year we sponsored the uniform purchases for Hampton Roads Warriors.
Being a Veteran owned company, VSH Logistics, LLC gives back to its community and veterans through “Loads of Love”. We appreciate our veterans and their families for their selflessness and love of country. Their heroic sacrifices have helped preserve our liberty and prosperity. Also, VSH Logistics, LLC is honored to employ veterans who have made the transition into civilian life. They bring dedication and teamwork that benefit us all.
VSH Logistics, LLC recognizes the contributions our military have made and continue to make. As a veteran owned company, we give back 2.5% of our yearly gross profit to charity and community events.