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Remembering the things that Dad never discussed..

Monday, May 28, 2018

My dad was in the navy during WWII on a ship that escorted, repaired and sheltered and decoyed other ships and subs in the Sea of Japan. He never discussed any of it, but as little children we saw the special scrapbook album of photos and such that he kept. After my mother died, I sat and looked through that book. I was stunned by the detail and myriad of articles written about his ship. He was a Fireman First Class. He and his three navy pals kept that ship running, as well as repairing a lot of others that were hit at sea.
My dad did lots of jobs during his 74 years, but he never spoke of anything heroic or good that he did for others.
I cried like a baby when I looked through that album, upset that we never got to share things that he did during the war. His ship got hit many times when rescuing others, hauling sailors onto his ship.. they just kept going, doing their job and going closer to the enemy and getting things done.
I am blessed that he made it back to be my Dad.
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    So many traumatic losses, too hard to talk about. Blessings on his sacrifices.

    200 days ago
    Our Dad's who served in WWII were amazing. Mine served on a hospital ship (I think it what the US Tranquility) and he, too, was always very mum about his service.

    God bless them all!
    200 days ago
    My dad was too young for WWII and still in college during Korea. He had an uncle who died in the first world war and my dad got his name. Those who served are often unable or unwilling to talk about their experience. What a blessing that your dad left that photo album to tell the stories he couldn't share. Cherish that treasure! Big hugs today.
    200 days ago
  • -JAMES-
    I'm Canadian, my friend Arnold's remains were buried yesterday, the last thing in the grave was his World War II beret, and then the earth on top.

    He too rarely spoke of world war 2. Didn't avoid it, but didn't bring it up. He was in an artillery unit, and I later learned that meant going being enemy lines for targeting, a very dangerous job indeed, and many of his comrades died during the war. He was very lucky to live to 96, and drank life in.
    200 days ago
    It is to bad that you never got to tell him how proud you were of him, but he knows. Hubby is the same way about Vietnam, it really is a subject that is never discussed.
    200 days ago
    My Dad was in the Army and he came back too. We don't think about soldiers putting their lives on the line when they enlist or are drafted, but once they are in the military, they are government issue-G.I.s and the government can do with them as it likes.

    According to Wikipedia, the abbreviation originally referred to galvanized iron (given a zinc coating to protect against rust), but later was used for “Government Issue” or “General Issue.” The abbreviation became more popular during the draft in World War II, when soldiers referred to themselves as “general issue” ( the implication that they were treated as disposable like the equipment they used, which sadly they were to some degree).

    I am glad that you got to look at that photo/scrapbook album.

    200 days ago
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