Memorial Day
Monday May 31st 2021, 10:51 pm
Filed under: Family

Our daughter was asking if we had any close members of the family who’d served. My dad in WWII, of course.

Richard mentioned some in his family.

I told her there was a member of the family (I’d have to check with Mom to make sure I got the right name) who had served in WW1: as a pilot.

She did a double take. Oh. A lot of those did not do well.

He did not.

My grandmother wrote her autobiography when I was ten years old, and the story she told about an officer talking to her son in the Army–was Richard’s great uncle.

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My grandpa served in WWI in an engineering corps. My other grandfather went to Germany after WWII before the Marshall Plan was introduced.

I missed out on a lot of stories because people lived so far away from us.

Comment by Anne 05.31.21 @ 11:43 pm

My father served in WWII, Royal Canadian Dragoons.

He did not tell many stories, most of them did not say much at all. Perhaps only to each other.

He shared a few things with me not long before he died. It was hard to listen and to watch him cry.

Comment by Chris+S+in+Canada 06.01.21 @ 6:51 am

The cousin who served as a pilot was in WWII. He was shot down and killed during the Korean war. This was Truman Madsen’s older brother. Mom

Comment by Mom 06.01.21 @ 7:07 am

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