Monday, May 26, 2008

Yesterday's Hero

It's Memorial Day weekend in the US - the official start of summer! A time for cook-outs, picnics, parades, family & friends. But most of all it's a time to remember our fallen heroes, past and present. For me, it's a time to remember my dad, a WWII hero, who made it back home. He was 37 years old, married with two children, when he received his draft notice and went to serve in the Navy aboard an LSM in the Pacific. His ship was involved in the invasion of Iwo Jima and then sunk by a kamikaze plane in Okinawa. Fortunately he was rescued and eventually returned home to his family, but he left a part of him in that war. After my mom died we found all of the letters he had written to her during his time in the Navy and I was able to piece together what he had gone through. In one of his letters he wrote"When this mess is over, I can't see how anyone in the world would ever want any part of another war again." Unfortunately, as we all know, that was not to be the case. So, let's remember our war heroes today - both those who have lost their lives, and those who made it back home with their battle scars, both mental and physical. My dad died of lung cancer in 1973, but his words ring as true to me today as they did in 1945 - "I can't see how anyone in the world would ever want any part of another war again."


Bonnie O. said...

Thanks for sharing a bit of your dad. It's nice that you were able to get a glimpse of what he was going through us. I'm sure those of us who have not been there can't even capture a fraction of what veterans go through. God bless them all!

Aunt Kathy said...

I feel the same way Jane, reading your post actually brought tears to my eyes. Your dad was a wise man.

Unknown said...


Thank you so much for sharing this with us. My Dad would barely talk about the war. He always said that those memories did not deserve revisiting.

Take care.

Mary Lynn