Finding Roots Close to Home
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My great-aunt Kathleen, whom I mention in the Ancestry.com post, has been a great source of family stories. I called her a few years ago to ask some genealogy questions and learn more about her brother--my grandfather--whom I never got to meet. According to family legend, grandpa was injured in WWII. But Kathleen set the record straight.
"He enlisted after the war was over," she said:
He wanted to before that but our dad wouldn't let him. Our oldest brother had been gone for four years and never had a furlough to come home. He was a ranger, our oldest one. He said, I can show you what the army is. You get down on the ground and start crawling from here to the next road and I’ll shoot over the head the whole way. Finally our dad said, He thinks he’s so smart and he knows everything. I’m going to let him go and find out for himself. So he enlisted. Mom didn’t hear from him for over a month. He was sent to Japan. She was upset about it. He finally wrote a letter. They made him put up wires for telephone wires, and he had fallen from one of the posts and had been in the hospital for over a month.
Here's a photo of him at age eighteen, right around the time he enlisted. Wonder what the patches on his arm mean?