30 days (not war time yet) he was scheduled to be discharged (at the rank of non-officer Sergeant). He had his ticket to come home and ON THE DAY he was to be discharged, Pearl Harbor was bombed. The next 5 years and 11 months were spent in the military (mostly in New Guinea) before being discharged as a Captain in January, 1946. Thank you for your service, dad.
Before my father died in 1996, I was able interview him. Below are a couple of the questions I asked him.
If you could wish for one thing (can’t ask for more wishes) what would it be?
What qualities do you hope you have passed on to your children?
“Good manners, decent vocabulary, and among most: compassion, pride and a
What advice would you give to people younger than you?
“NEVER expect something for nothing! WORK FOR IT!”
Older than you?
Look around. See what you REALLY have. Don’t pity yourself!”
What do you think the world will be like in 2020?
“I am afraid that there will be a dramatic degradation of the
environment, as well as ethical and moral values.”
Let's hope the last one does not prove to be the tragically prophetic statement that it seems to be.
MAY WE HONOR ALL VETERANS BY PROMOTING PEACE IN OUR HEARTS, OUR FAMILIES, AND OUR COMMUNITIES!