Saturday, 7 November 2009

PhotoHunter Theme # 186 Veterans/Military

This is my father's grave.


He was a veteran of World War II. But he did not die in the war. He survived and lived to the age of 88. I would like to honor his memory for this PhotoHunt theme #186, "Veterans/Military". Daddy was a quartermaster in the US army and spent time in Belgium, France, and Southern England. He became an officer because he had a college degree from Columbia University, in New York, USA.

He almost never ever spoke of his time in the army in Europe. He was drafted, and being of Swedish descent, he took it as a good omen that he was shipped out on a formerly Swedish ship that the US government used, rented, bought or borrowed, to transport troops to Europe. He came home five years later, when the war ended with the atomic bomb being dropped on Japan. But if that had not been done, he would have been sent to the Pacific. And my brother and I may not ever have been born.

My paternal grandmother said that he was a young healthy boy when he went away, and returned old and weathered and unwell. He told me once that when the war was over, he was so grateful and happy to be able to come home - alive. There were so many who did not get to do that.

Happy Veterans' Day
Anna

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24 Comments:

hip chick said...

You should be very proud that your father served in WWII. I am going to hear a WWII veteran speak on Monday night.

tnchick ♥ said...

Your Dad is a hero!

Willa said...

Nice story. Thanks to your dad because now we are enjoying our freedom, and it's all because of them who fought for it.

Carver said...

Great post to honor your Dad.

Happy Weekend.

Omiae said...

Love the story! Those were tough times. It's pretty interesting how little bits of history changed the world. Great post!

Sassy Mom said...

Love your story... our military personnel are such brave souls.

Mine is up

julie said...

Aww, what a touching post.

happy weekend!

Marites said...

Your father's story is one too many from among the military and this is why I really don't like wars because of how it affects the people and the families that get involve with it. This is a touching post.

Happy weekend!

jams o donnell said...

That is such a fine tribute to your father. So many did not return.

Lorna said...

that's touching; and interestingly, it echoes my dad's experience in the Canadian army

RERA Dubai said...

this is just touching my heart.
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Hootin' Anni said...

Wow....this makes a lump come to my throat!!

One of MY favorite Veterans is on my post this week. Come see him if you have some time.
Click Here

Ooorah!

chubskulit said...

Thank you for your father's services!

Check out my husband's 20 years in the navy

Mar said...

Very moving post and a wonderful tribute to your father...beautiful!

Arlene said...

that is a beautiful memory of your father. i am sure he was a hero.

happy weekend!

Cookie said...

what a lovely tribute to your father :)

my post is up too..hope you can vist :)
PH : Fly Girl

Daisy said...

Thanks for telling us about your dad; he was a hero.

Joops said...

You must be very proud of your father, I am!

Take a look at my HERO

Susanne said...

My father in law would never talk about the war either although we know it deeply affected him. Thank you for sharing your Dad's story.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

A beautiful tribute!

Teena in Toronto said...

Nice tribute!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Ordinary Biscuit said...

The memories lives on for a hero

Liz said...

Wars do that to a lot of people. A lovely post.

Bull Rhino said...

A perfect post for the occasion. You certainly deserve to be proud of your father and his service. He was truly a part of "The Greatest Generation".

Thanks for sharing.

Scott

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