|This photo was messed up and I tried to fix it with Adobe Photoshop years ago.|
My dad joined the Navy in about 1945 when he was 19. The story goes that he didn't weigh enough to get into the service, so he ate banana splits for breakfast, lunch and dinner until he got up to 125 lbs. and could finally join up. He served in the Great Lakes Navy Camp at a desk job, I think, and never saw combat, but I am proud that he wanted to serve his country. By doing so, he was able to go to college on the GI bill--graduated from Villanova University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also bought his parents a house in Coatesville on the GI bill in about 1950. They had lost their first house in New Orleans during the depression in the 1930s. He was probably able to buy his other houses that way, too.
Thanks for serving, dad. Here's to you ♥