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Remembering Dad on Memorial Day

Monday, May 26, 2014

He was a handsome youngin,' wasn't he?

Here's the abridged story of his enlisting in the Navy, told by a dear friend at Dad's funeral:

His journey into the Navy was prompted by an incident when he was a senior in high school. Periodically Jerry, and a friend named Murphy, would push the family car out of the garage and down an alley and start the engine out of range of Jerry’s sleeping parents.

A block away was a gas station, which always had a little gas left in the hoses. So, the two would drain the hoses into the car for their adventures into Chicago. One night they spilled some gas on the concrete pad near a pump. Murphy decided to clean up the evidence... with a match...just as a squad car came round the corner.

The judge gave Murphy the option of going to reform school or joining the service. Murphy wisely chose the Marines. Jerry could not let his friend go without moral support, so he dropped out of high school & joined the Navy.

When he was discharged after serving 3 years in the South Pacific, he returned to that same school to finish his senior year. A number of other students had also chosen to drop out to serve. As they returned to school, the competitive spirit remained. For example, who could get to school first to claim the principal's parking spot as their own.

They probably provided the other students with an additional course in the experiences of real life - the greatest generation did that and they still do.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FRANNIEDID 5/27/2014 4:42PM

    What a wonderful story! He was a very fine looking young man. I have a picture of my dad in his army uniform, I love it!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 5/27/2014 10:53AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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LIGIRLATHEART 5/27/2014 9:27AM

    Great story, Michelle -- thanks for sharing!!

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ZANNACHAN 5/27/2014 8:18AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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RURAL3 5/26/2014 9:07PM

    What a fun story. And yes he was very handsome.

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/26/2014 8:28PM

    Thank you for sharing this story!

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MARILYNROBERT 5/26/2014 8:22PM

    Great story and great looking dad! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 5/26/2014 7:51PM

    Thanks for sharing that story about your dad. He was a good looking guy!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 5/26/2014 4:53PM

    Great story.

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-THINQ- 5/26/2014 4:34PM

    i'm so glad you posted this! a great story.. and i'm so glad he returned safely too.

obviously too, he was a great guy.. like you're a great gal! emoticon

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CIPHER1971 5/26/2014 2:51PM

    a very fine looking young man, and obviously a loyal friend.

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CERIUSLY 5/26/2014 2:33PM

    Wow! looks like Elvis. I can see where your beauty comes from.

I'm glad you were inspired to post the picture, and share the story. It made me smile.

There were many young men who left school, even lied about their age in order to serve this great country.

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