Friday, May 27, 2011
Stuff They Don't Teach You In School
Yesterday, Dad was exceptionally talkative. Maybe because it's Memorial Day in the States this weekend, but he had me spellbound with stories from World War II when he served in the Navy aboard the U.S.S. Leonard Wood at the ripe old age of 17. He's only recently begun to talk about his experiences during the war.
Anyway, he told me an amazing story about meeting General Patton aboard his ship when they had to transport the general to Sicily. Dad recounted some of the speeches the general gave to the soldiers and he has a vivid memory of General Patton smoking a cigar and walking very stoically along the deck of the ship, alone. Because my Dad speaks Italian, he was asked to accompany the general and his entourage on shore and serve as an interpreter. Dad happened to be available and quite eager to get off his ship, at least for a little while. Like many of the men who served and lived to tell about it, he almost died a thousand times.
If you've got parents, be sure to hug them. To those in the States, Happy Memorial Day! Take time to remember those who've sacrificed. And if you get the chance, listen to their stories.