Tuesday, August 27, 2013

August 27, 1943 - Sworn In to the Marine Corps

Now that Daddy, in his words, "...got tired of fooling with the Air Force", he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was sworn in August 27, 1943.  70 years ago today, he stood with other young men from Mississippi at Camp Shelby (near Hattiesburg) and gave his oath to defend our country and constitution.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

In His Own Words - Why Daddy chose the Marine Corps

The reason?  It isn't nearly as inspirational or patriotic as you may think!

My family members had the foresight in 2002 to conduct a formal interview with my father regarding his service in the United States Marines.  If I remember correctly, my sister got the "script" of questions, etc. from the Veteran's History Project.  I think all of us wish we had done this 10 years or even 5 years prior to this as by January 25, 2002, the date of the interview, my father had either become very camera shy or was in the beginning phases of Parkinson's disease.  He had quite a few "stories" he would tell over the years about his service, and some didn't surface during the interview.  However, there were still great moments and he gave very detailed and interesting answers to the questions.