Veteran’s DayPosted: November 11, 2013
i’ll be sleeping all day then going to work, but i wanted to post something in regards to Veteran’s day. but, it’s not about me, as all i could think of was Paw-Paw (RIP). he saw action in Iwo Jima, he was a navy radioman (an old school rate, now it’s no longer RM, it’s IT- information technician). he did morse code, he handled message traffic coming in and leaving his boat.
when i got orders back staeside i told my mother that my leave time would be spent with Paw-Paw; that she shoudn’t expect to see me. and those times are GOLD to me. we watched tv, sitting in utter silence; then suddenly he’d break off into a story- family, Maw-Maw, the navy.
the navy stories always caught my attention. his demeanor changed when he talked navy. his sea stories were epic. i would hang on every word. hell, i could have told the same story to a shipmate. lol. the old salt could spin a wayward yarn about life at sea, then turn around and charm the cute girl that walked into the room. lol. old bastard.
so, on this day, i honor his memory, and will drink in his name when i get off work. i’m proud to know his blood courses through my veins. and i’m even more proud that he LOVED the fact that i became a sailor.
rest well Paw-Paw. you and Mama Cat are in Paradise. i’ll hold the family down until i join you.
Love you Paw-Paw. i’ll be watching The Longest Day at work.