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TSS: In the Navy

April 3, 2011

The Sunday





What do three computer engineers have to do with my love of literature?

Their daddies were all Navy men!


Still in the dark? Here, I’ll tell you more.

My mommy, daddy and step daddy (all tech geeks) call Navy alum. “dad”, making my grandpa sailing power a triple threat.

What does this have to do with books, one might ask? Well, my Grandpa Paul (dad’s dad) and my daddy were just gong through some old things from the basement and they came across a box of numbered letters. Half of the letters were written from him to home, the other half from home to him, while he was stationed in the middle of the Pacific for two years. I love the bit about numbering the letters because that was how they kept track of whether or not a letter was missed.

I’ve read so many books and articles about this sort of thing and even though I still have my grandpa to ask about his adventures and they are letters to family as opposed to some war time love, they’re still a part of my history and I can’t wait to read through them and ask my Grandpa about them. I know, recently, several bloggers have been posting great black and whites from their families and though I don’t have any on my end I think I’ll be writing home to gather my photographic geneology on all three sides.

Isn’t family fun?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2011 1:38 pm

    Letters during wartime reminds me of that great epistolary novel with the name I always trip over (Literary Guernsey Potato Peel and Pie Society). I think I got it right!

    And numbering the letters is a great idea.


    • April 4, 2011 7:30 am

      Yes! That’s one of the books I’ve read recently that this family discovery reminded me of! There have been quite a few, lately, like a Maisie Dobbs story, Possession and others, that have also made me letter hungry and hey, here I am! ;O)

  2. April 3, 2011 8:24 pm

    This is just so cool, and I love the fact that you can go back into the past and read what was on your family’s minds at that time. I would love it if my family had some mementos of that time period, but I don’t think they do. Great, great find you’ve got there. I hope you enjoy them!

    • April 4, 2011 7:32 am

      Isn’t it? My dad also has, SOMEWHERE, letters from before my great grandparents left Kiev to move to Iowa with a few members of their party already there…I mean, my family is full of stuff like that and on my other side, we’re members of the Mayflower Society but I’m not sure we have actual letters. That side of the family is where I get more of my engineering so they weren’t terribly wordy. ;O)

  3. April 5, 2011 2:28 pm

    Wow, what an amazing thing to find. When my uncle was in WWII, he would include a different middle initial every time he wrote my mom. After a little while, she figured out that he was spelling out where he was at the time.

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