My Dad is a WWII Veteran

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Laguna Woods, California
May 27, 2018 11:46pm CST
Two years ago, my Dad was honored for his service during World War II. He was chosen to be flown to Washington, DC with my brother-in-law, a former Marine. In the photo above, my Dad is sitting next to former Senator Bob Dole, who was also being honored in the ceremony that day. My Dad was also awarded an American flag, taken to see all the Washington DC monuments, enjoyed a special dinner, and was given a packet of letters thanking him for his service. It all meant a lot to him. My Dad is still alive, at age 89, lives with my sister and brother-in-law, and is doing well! By the way, he was just barely 17 when he entered the Navy near the end of the war, although, of course, he didn't know the war was about to end. He lied about his age so he could serve! He ended up spending most of his tour of duty helping China after the war ended. He was on a ship in the Pacific and Pearl Harbor was their home base. He remembers how his ship had to navigate carefully around the sunken ships from the day Pearl Harbor was bombed whenever they entered the harbor. He said that was a very sobering reminder of the war, every time they returned to port.
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• China
28 May
Extend my salute to your Dad ! He made a contribution to anti-fascist war.
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• Laguna Woods, California
28 May
Thank you! He has wonderful memories of the time he spent in China, helping with some reconstruction. Of course, he was a very unimportant navy seaman, but he has fond memories of those days.
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• China
29 May
@DeborahDiane He is a credit to your family and fortunate enough to survive World War II and live to a great age.
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• Laguna Woods, California
29 May
@changjiangzhibin89 - Yes, I am so glad he has lived to a great age. We are very blessed to still have him with us.
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@Jessabuma (33168)
• Baguio, Philippines
28 May
Wow ! Nice to know that. You must be proud of your dad.
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• Laguna Woods, California
28 May
@Jessabuma - Thank you! Yes, I am very proud of him and his service.
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@Jessabuma (33168)
• Baguio, Philippines
29 May
@DeborahDiane you're always welcome.
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@moffittjc (44667)
• Gainesville, Florida
28 May
I salute your father for his brave service to this country. As evidenced by his deception on his age, back then people didn't think twice about standing up to serve and defend this country.
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• Laguna Woods, California
29 May
@moffittjc - You are right. He did not hesitate to serve in the military. As luck would have it, WWII ended shortly after he signed up and the Korean War did not start until after he was out. He was more fortunate than thousands of other young men who were just as willing to serve.
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@moffittjc (44667)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 May
@DeborahDiane Of course, like you said in your post, he didn't know that WWII was going to end so soon after he joined. For all he knew, it could have raged on for many more years. Luckily, that wasn't the case. My grandfather fought in the Korean War; he was an Air Force pilot who flew F-86 Sabre fighter jets. He sure did have lots of stories to tell, as I'm sure your father did too.
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• Laguna Woods, California
29 May
@moffittjc - Yes, my father likes to tell us stories about that period in his life. He was a teenager from the Midwest, and had never been outside Missouri until he joined the Navy. Then, he went to Hawaii, China and other places in the Pacific. It was quite an experience for him.
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@just4him (124348)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 May
I thank him for his service. I'm sure it was sobering to enter that harbor.
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@just4him (124348)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 May
@DeborahDiane I didn't know the oil still leaked. I know the bodies were never removed.
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• Laguna Woods, California
29 May
@just4him - We were at the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor about 20 years ago, and you could still see the oil rising. A friend of mine went there a couple of years ago and I asked her about the oil. She told me that it was still leaking. It is a sad reminder of what happened there.
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@just4him (124348)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 May
@DeborahDiane Yes, it is a sad reminder.
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@mlgen1037 (29634)
• Manila, Philippines
28 May
I give my highest respects and salutations to all the soldiers who fought during the war - the Veterans and those who have passed away. My uncle is one of the Veterans too.
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• Laguna Woods, California
28 May
@mlgen1037 - Thank you to your uncle for his service. All the veterans have my respect, too. They sacrificed a lot.
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@mlgen1037 (29634)
• Manila, Philippines
29 May
@DeborahDiane You are most welcome, my friend. Please send my regards to your father, Deborah.
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• Laguna Woods, California
29 May
@mlgen1037 - I will certainly do that!
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@rakski (21053)
• Philippines
28 May
oh wow, nice of him to be able to attend this.
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• Laguna Woods, California
28 May
@rakski - Yes, I am very glad he is still around and got to go to Washington, DC.
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@rakski (21053)
• Philippines
29 May
@DeborahDiane yes, that is so true. You must have been so proud of him
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• Laguna Woods, California
29 May
@rakski - Yes, I was very proud of him ... in fact, I still am!
@Hannihar (40187)
28 May
@DeborahDiane You must have been so proud of your dad sitting up there on the stage being honored.
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• Laguna Woods, California
28 May
@Hannihar - Yes, I was very proud of my father and I know it meant a lot to him.
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@Hannihar (40187)
29 May
@DeborahDiane That is nice.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25842)
• United States
29 May
I'm glad to hear that he is doing well.
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@Happy2BeMe (74975)
• Canada
28 May
Thanks to your Dad for serving his country. What a wonderful thing for them to be honored in Washington DC for his service. Great picture and what a proud moment.
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• Laguna Woods, California
28 May
@Happy2BeMe - I was so happy that he was honored in this way. I know it meant a lot to him!
@louievill (19353)
• Philippines
28 May
One snappy salute to your father, a real live heropeople like him is the reason why our countries are enjoying freedom right now.
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• Laguna Woods, California
28 May
Thank you so much, on behalf of my father.
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@TRBRocks420 (81196)
• Banks, Oregon
28 May
That's pretty cool and, glad he was honored, one of the greatest generation to ever live if not the greatest.
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• Laguna Woods, California
28 May
@TRBRocks420 - Yes, they call his age group "the Greatest Generation." I sure feel my Dad is one of the greatest!
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@josie_ (7410)
• Philippines
28 May
He must have a lot of war stories to tell. China after the Japanese surrender resume the civil war between Mao's communist people's liberation army and the US-supported Kuomintang party of Chiang Kai-shek.
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• Laguna Woods, California
28 May
@josie_ - My Dad was still in his teens when he was in the service, so I don't think he understand all the political things which were going on. He was just glad to be there and do his part to help reconstruct a few things in the country. He has fond memories of that part of his life.
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