Monday, November 12, 2012

Tribute to Poppop on Veterans Day

In 1923
American troops left Germany after WWI.
Ottowa Senators swept Edm Eskimos to win the Stanley Cup.
Attorney General says it is legal for women to wear trousers anywhere. 
Lou Gehrig hits the first of his 493 home runs.
Disney company was founded.
My grandfather was born.
Frank Edward (on the left) was the eldest of 9 children.
In 1942
German U-boats begin harassing the US East Coast.
Japanese sub fires on oil refinery in California.
2 black players: Jackie Robinson & Nate Moreland requests tryouts with White Sox.
Toronto Maple leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup.
Gasoline rationed in the East Coast.
Anne Frank begins her diary.
My grandparents were married.

February 3, 1943
Shoe rationing begins.
Germany surrenders in Stalingrad.
Joe DeMaggio enlists.
The day my grandfather left for duty

December 22, 1945
Rationing of auto tires end.
Microwave oven patented.
Congress officially recognizes The Pledge of Allegiance.
My grandfather returns home after proudly serving in the Navy during WWII in the Solomon Island.

My grandparents had two daughters: Nancy and Shirley.
In addition to 5 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren at the time of his passing.
My grandfather was a self-employed carpenter his whole life, and also worked last at a hospital in the maintenance department for 23 years until his retirement in 1988.
April 16, 2008
Bill Gates retires from Microsoft to focus on charity work.
Michael Phelps wins 8 Gold Medals.
My grandfather passed away.
and was laid to rest at St. Vincent UCC
where he served at as a deacon, elder and consistory member.
The postlude at his funeral was "Anchors Aweigh".
I am proud of my grandfather for not only serving his country, but for all the good he spread throughout his life. He believed in people. He never smoked or took a drink. He believed in discipline and hard work, that if stick to something long enough it will pay off.  

He was my father figure.  There was no safer place than in his lap.  He would tell me to put onions in my socks to ward off illness.  His eyes were bright blue, always showing kindness.  He carried a hammer wherever he went and was always tinkered with something to keep himself busy.
Poppop may be gone, but he is still in my heart.  


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