The Veteran at Our House-U.S. Navy 1955-1959

That would be my husband, Dad to our four children and Pop to our eight Grands.

We are blessed that he is still with us. Our children & Grandchildren all have an example to be proud of and to learn from if they choose.

Our oldest son had enlisted in the U.S. Navy and would have been proud to serve were it not for a health issue. He wanted to follow in his Dad's steps. Our second son served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years and retired with the rank of Chief. I love those military photos of him and also of his Dad. One of my favorites of our youngest son was taken when he served in the Army National Guard.

The U.S.Veteran at our house is a man who doesn't have to be told to stand when the American flag goes by or is raised. He doesn't have to be reminded to stand at attention when the National Anthem is played. He cannot hold back the emotion watching a homecoming of our service people. He is disturbed when he sees our flag flying 24-7 without attention and left to become frayed, ragged and deteriorate in the weather. He always notices when his country's flag is not handled properly.

The Veteran at our house served first in the U.S. National Guard while in high school then during what we call in between years-after WWII and before Vietnam but not actually in the Korean Conflict- 1955-1959 active duty in the U.S. Navy, aboard the Bennington and the Forrestal then two additional years in inactive reserve. He is no less the proud American Veteran than those who served in WWII.

The Veteran at our house is old fashioned.
He would never wear the flag as clothing on his body.
He doesn't really talk about being patriotic. He is.
The Veteran at our house is a proud, patriotic U.S. Veteran - Proud to be an American!


  1. It is an honor to 'know' the veteran at your house. From my family to your husband and sons we say thank you with much appreciation for their service (and choice to serve even if they couldn't!).

    Revee and family

  2. Thanks R.!!
    You inspired me to pull photos in uniform and post on FB.
    Have a Relaxing memorial day!

  3. What a lovely tribute to your husband. It's refreshing to hear praise for not only a spouse but for a man who served his country.

    Thanks for visiting my blog mainly because it's led me to your wonderful blog. I've enjoyed my visit as well as your well-written posts. I'll be back to visit often so keep the porch light on!

    Ravenhill Cottage

  4. Ahhh, Sandra the Encourager :^))


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