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Who Is Running Through Your Memories Today???

Monday, May 31, 2010

There are so many people running through my memories today, but the one I have the most memories of and miss the most is by Dad.
He joined the Navy when he was only 17 and was a radio operator on a destroyer for all of WWII. After the war, he thought that he would finally be able to be with his family, which now included not only Mom, but also my brother and me. Then he was called back to serve in the Korean War.
When he returned from that war, he went to work for my Grandfather as a partsman in the Ford Garage. He worked 10 hour days, but always had time and energy for my brother and me. He would take us fishing, swimming, on vacations, etc.. He was also the Village Clerk and I remember him working for hours on the huge "Books" which took up the entire dining room table.
He was very much a family man and made sure that we knew our family history. Before he died in 2000, he wrote our family history in book form and gave a copy to my brother and me. It reads like a story and is fascinating to me.
Every Memorial Day, Dad marched in the Parade and worked in the Veteran's stand. He was very proud to be an American.
We still love you Dad and miss you very much.
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    While attending the Memorial Day parade & service that followed, my mind was thinking about my oldest son's classmate that has served multiple tour in Iraq. I haven't heard much recently & was wondering how he is doing. Last year he surprised us & showed up on Memorial Day while home on a short leave.
    Also running through my mind were the 2 students I had this year whose father's are/were serving their country. We recently sent a package of letters to the one student that moved to Germany to live on the base with her family and the other family welcomed their dad back from Iraq in January.
    2818 days ago
  • FLAME42
    We walked through 5 different cemetaries today. Obviously we had many memories pass through our thoughts today. Memorial day is for us to remember all family members no longer with us. So I have to say my mom was the one who took up the most memory space today. Even though she has been gone for 25 yrs. I still have days when a visit with her sure would be GREAT.
    So glad your dad left you with so many wonderful memories and also with the written history .
    2819 days ago
    2819 days ago
  • RIXEY-

    We have similar stories. My Dad was a radioman at 17 and was called back to Korea
    He was in WW 2 and Viet Nam and stayed Navy. He died May 18th 2008 as a 2 star Admiral. My brother just made Admiral this year. Both of his boys are in the academy. Memorial Day is a big day for all of us. Thanks for the memories.
    2819 days ago
  • ASH72461
    that is awesome
    to have had your father put your history in a book
    i love the idea that you don't haave to search to find out your family history
    i am working on my husband;s side
    and it is taking me a long time
    2819 days ago
    My grandfather. WWII vet, part of the greatest generation. He died on 6-5-2000, the day before the anniversary of D-day.
    2819 days ago
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