My sister Jacque’s daughter Mandy asked me, “Do you have any pictures of Pawpaw in his Marine uniform?” Her son Michael has recently completed Army training at
Mandy’s father was an Air Force NCO, a
20-year career. Ft.
I replied, “I certainly did once upon a time. A handsome devil he was, too. It may take me a couple of days to put my hands on the pictures, but I will be happy to scan them and post them to you.” It took me a month. (Why are things always in the last place you look? Maybe you just stop looking once you have found them.)
This one looks to me like a Boot Camp pose.
about 1943-44. Paris Island, S.C.
Another field photo, apparently from the same batch. According to my memory of family history, Daddy worked as a rifle instructor at
for a time after
boot camp, a country boy teaching city boys how to shoot. Then towards the end of the war (WWII), he
was packed onto a troop ship in Paris
Island California to
cross the Pacific for the invasion of . Before he got there, President Truman dropped
the atom bomb on Japan Hiroshima, and Daddy became
part of the occupation force in . Japan
Probably taken just before mustering out is my guess, based on the rank and service stripes on his sleeve.
1979, Jr. and Sr., getting on or off a tour boat. Amsterdam