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Memories of Dad

Tonight, I did my tribute to my Dad. For those who don't know, my dad passed away when I was five. He served in World War II in the Navy. I finally got a shadowbox to show the flag from his casket, his medals and a picture of him. It made me sad, proud and renewed my feelings that he has always been with me.

The rest is behind a cut. Lots of pics of Dad, me as a young child, relatives, and Dad's medals

Did I mention my dad was a Hottie? *laugh* Michael inherited his cleft chin.

1941-1944 - back of campaign pin

Masonic pin, honorable service pin, discharge pin, American legion and retired civilian military

World War II medal

Dad smirk

Dad serious

The dad I remember

Great colorized pic

My dad did HIS OWN IRONING. Can you believe it?

Dad's parents - can you believe they produced a son that much taller than either of them? I'm honestly SCARED of how tall Michael will be. The growth predicters say by the age of 18 he'll be 6'7". Should I start pushing the basketball now?

Dad and his sister, my Aunt Margaret

Is it just me, or does the guy on the end look like Anthony Michael Hall back in the 80s? *laugh* That's dad on the left.

Me and Dad

Mom, me and Dad

Me and my second cousin, Sara:

My half-brother, Rick, as a kid. Keep in mind, he's actually about 20 years older than me.

Rick following in the family Navy tradition

My other half-brother, Larry, as a kid. Unfortunately, Larry is no longer with us.

My grandmother was always SO well put together. Dressed to the nines, very proper, hair always done and full makeup. It's how I'll always remember her.

My cousin, Dale


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May. 6th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
my dad's parents were both about 5'6, and he's 6'4.
my sons are going to be giants, too.
May. 6th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
That is an awesome tribute. Seriously.
May. 6th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
Service and Sacrifice
From these wonderful picture, A poignant tribute to your Dad who in my view was a phenomenal gu. After all, there's nothing quite like ironing your own clothing to make you know the value of pressed shirts and creases so sharp they could cut like a knife.

His service during WWII and the sacrifice of many including him make the world so much better for us all, I am humbled and also privileged to be allowed to share this post with you; thanks for that.

My sincere condolences for your loss, albeit many years ago, losing a loved one never really goes away, time just makes it easier to bear the pain.

Jun. 15th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing that with us.
Jun. 15th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. It meant a lot to put all of that together last month, and it was great to have it there to go look at for Father's Day. It's now going to be my standard Father's Day and Veteren's Day 'additional link' :)
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