Monday, April 12, 2010

AN AMERICAN HERO

My father was not an American hero and yet he was. In 1944, he found himself being shipped off to war, to the Pacific, from the Philippines to Okinawa. HBO's miniseries, "The Pacific," has reminded me once again what my father had to endure. The actors look so much like him, I see him and I'm in shock and in awe. I'd like to think these few photos are of his good days. Laying on the beach, smoking his pipe on a break from work duty or on leave posing in his uniform. I have left out the horrible photos of death and destruction and there are many. When he returned to the United States he came back suffering with nightmares, thin, and with a skin disorder he called Jungle Rot. When my father returned he also came back proud. Now at 88 years old with shadows that were once memories he is a hero, an American hero.

17 comments:

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

Wonderful program on PBS, I watched it spellbound as I often do with all shows on WWll.

I thank your father for his service.

My Dad also went in the service in 1944. He never talked about it. No photos of him exist (that I know of) except in uniform before he left.

He passed away in 1999, laid to rest in a National cemetery.

the gardeners cottage said...

Hi Kevin,

What a wonderful tribute to your father. He was so handsome!

~janet

ps - He still is!

normadesmond said...

don't even get me started on the subject of war. cannot imagine what he went through.

i get a bit of a matt lauer vibe from the young, gorgeous dad.

Angie said...

Thanks for sharing. Love the photos of your father. I can't even imagine how hard that must have been. It's sad how little respect and knowledge the youth of today have for veterans.

Suzanne said...

A very nice tribute. What a very handsome man. The photos are terrific. You must be so proud of your dad.
~Suzanne

Scott Waterman said...

I hope I look that happy at 88.

Heather said...

wow, he most definitely is a hero! Look at those photos....he even looks the part of dashing leading man. A big thanks to him for what he did for his country!~

My Yellow House said...

Hi Kevin,
I just came across your blog and I've had the best time reading through it all.
What a beautiful tribute to your father ~ I was very moved.
I love everything about your living room. If I were bold enough, I would infuse the energy, creativity and sexiness into my rooms as you have. A little bit of this and a little bit of that = stunning!
I can't wait to follow along - glad I found you!
Sarah :)

Leonard Greco said...

the show Pacific has also left me with great admiration for those soldiers.
your tribute to your pop is very touching, he has such a sweet face, I am sorry he had to witness the horrors he did.
thank you for sharing these special memories my friend,
LG

jason said...

wonderful pictures....even more wonderful man.

Hollywood forever, Kevin said...

Thank you, one and all for the nicest comments regarding my father. He will be very pleased, a little confused, and wonder what's all the fuss about. Thank you again!

The Elegant Thrifter said...

Kevin,

Thank you for the kind comment you left yesterday. I have been mesmerized by your blog all morning! Wow. And I see we have some common friends, like Scott Waterman and the delightful Mick Jordan. I'm so encouraged to see such amazing, young talent!

I am working on something that you might be interested in. I was looking to see if you listed your email, but couldn't find it. If you like, email me at theelegantthrifter@gmail.com. And if not, then that's OK, too!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Stan

Karena said...

very poignant, thank you for sharing the images.

Karena
Art by Karena

The Zhush said...

Your tribute to your father is incredibly moving! My dad is a vet too, but a few years later, he served in the Korean war. My uncles were in service the same years as your dad...the greatest generation for sure.

La Petite Gallery said...

I watch WWII movies, and also the Churhill years. Your Dad was a real looker. Those photo's are wonderful. Thank you and your Dad for this post.


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Tina Steele Lindsey said...

I get all shivery when I think perhaps your father and my late step-father may have known one another.
Yes, he is a hero.

nativekee said...

Kevin,
What a beautiful tribute to your stunning father. It's amazing what we ask our men to endure in the name of war!

Love perusing your blog & totally share you love for turquoise!

have a wonderful day :D