Thanks for those that are no longer among us
My brother has picked up the quest of our family genealogy. Looking through some of our family records, papers, and photo's we found some interesting stuff. My dad was first generation radar technician for the army air corp. The only place I know he talked about was Guadalcanal. Mom's dad also served there as a seebee. Although they never met during the war, I found that rather intriguing. I don't remember much about my grandfather other than reading the sunday morning comics with him. He passed away in 1976 when I was only 4 years old.
I remember the funeral very clearly. I remember numereous staff cars pulling into the cematary include some high ranking officers in the Marines. I don't remember much else. Just the impression that he was a very well respected person. Today, we found a letter (framed) signed by Gerald R. Ford, in memory of his service to our country. Profound. I have an intense curiosity to find out more about him. I wonder what his service record would reveal. Mom said that he had met Adm. Bill Halsey a number of times and greatly respected him.
I'm left with a sense of wonderment, nostalgia, sadness. I have nothing but respect for the man he was, even if my memories are just him as a great grandfather. I hope my brother has a chance to make some progress. I would love to know more, but unsure how to go about finding his service record.