Today is Veteran’s Day in the USA. It’s a day we honor all those who have served our country through military service.
My Dad was a WWII veteran. He very much down played his service. For several years he had a farm deferment working for a lady on her farm. He was also in business school at the Minnesota School of Business prior to being drafted in 1945.
While Dad was in basic training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago, the war ended. He never saw combat. He was stationed in Minnesota at Fort Snelling where he worked on sending out discharge notices.
Here he is in his white Navy uniform….
In 1946, Dad was discharged.
The time serving was memorable to Dad. I remember him telling stories about not knowing how to swim and getting thrown into Lake Michigan. Dad said it was literally “sink or swim”. I remember his telling stories what when you get in a tough situation, you soon learn that the color of someone’s skin doesn’t matter.
Like I said, Dad downplayed his service. Being he didn’t see combat I think he felt like he wasn’t “one of the guys” who deserved to be recognized. I disagree. I’ve always been proud of my Dad and thankful for his involvement.
As I’ve gotten older I’ve see how my dad could feel that way but I’ve also learned enough to know that people in combat need good people behind them. Behind every front man are many others working to support them. Everyone can’t be the front man.
No matter when or how a veteran serves, as long as it’s honorable, they deserve to be recognized. So Dad…Happy Veteran’s Day.