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.