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Monday, May 31, 2021

I hope everyone is enjoying their long Memorial Day weekend. I will be writing my normal home decor post on Wednesday this week. 

Today I want to pay tribute to my late father who served our country in WWII and was a POW in a German prison camp. 

My father was 21 when he enlisted and 22 when the plane he was piloting was shot down and he was captured.

He endured terrible things in that prison camp, and would never talk about them to us. 

We had to learn about what happened from others who were there with him.

This Memorial Day Ancestry is allowing free access to military records so if you have a service member that you would like more information on you can find it there.

This is a photo of me, in my polka dot bikini, with my parents and sister. I'm sure glad he survived that terrible ordeal. 

My dad passed away in 1996 after fighting MS for many years. He should have had many more years.

Today and every day let us remember all of the heroes who have fought for our democracy.


  1. God bless your dad and all the others that sacrificed so much to keep us safe and free. Your dad is a hero. I am sure he suffered dearly in those prison camps. Love your polka dot bikini you looked adorable. Happy Memorial Day. xoxo Kris

  2. Yes... God Bless your dad and what he sacrificed for our country. I am so sorry for those who were in POW camps. I can't imagine it.

    I had a polka dot bikini just like that one! It started out a teal blue with black polka dots, and then it faded so much, I died it green so it was a bright key lime green with the black polka dots. Those were the good old days when we could wear bikinis!! Happy Monday! Marilyn

  3. Oh wow, we have a lot in common. My dad was a tailgunner in WWII in the European theater. His plane was shot down twice behind enemy lines, but luckily he was never captured. He and the crew were hidden by locals. He never wanted to speak of his experiences either...I can't imagine what those poor boys endured. I'm so sorry for how your father suffered, but so grateful to them all for the freedoms we have today.


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