Wednesday, January 9, 2013

January 9th, 1945

Naval hospital Honolulu 1936

I never had the privilege of knowing him.  He was born, lived his all too brief life, and was gone, long before I came along-but I do know that he loved his family, was kind and compassionate when it came to his fellow human beings, had brown eyes and a sense of humor, and liked to whistle.  Many of the same traits I can lay claim to myself.

Friends Hawaii crop

What I can’t possibly ever know is the misery he endured as a prisoner of war-what it was like to suffer and die like he did. 

But I can remember him

with Grandmother crop

My Uncle Pete.

14 comments:

  1. Valerie! Relatives in Monroe and in Everett. Awesome. I loved Monroe. It was very country-fied still then. One grocery store, one hamburger joint and seven hardware stores. I saw it about 15 years ago as the latest time, and he had changed from when I lived there. My oldest daughter was only 2 and she is now nearly 35. Great memories there tho.

    You Uncle Pete must be so honored.

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  2. Oooh, ooh, forgot to thank you for your nice complimentary words. You are a nice person.

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  3. Thanks Rene! And it's easy to be nice when I meet a sweetheart like you:)

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  4. He is remembered well.
    You have to love someone who loves to whistle! :o)

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  5. Oh Valerie this truly touched my heart. Hug B

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  6. That gave me goosebumps! What a great way to remember him.

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  7. I so love that you keep him in your thoughts.

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  8. Such a nice tribute to your Uncle Pete. Obviously he holds a very special place in your heart. Sounds like he was an amazing man and I'm thankful for his sacrifice to our country!

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  9. What is amazing is that you are keeping his memory alive through your site and your crafts. I think it would be great to use him as a character in one of your stories, too. :)

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  10. You can see it in his eyes--a wonderful man, remembered by a wonderful woman, and a lot of people the whole world over!

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  11. It is nice that you honor your uncle in this way. I like that last picture.

    I always appreciated people who could whistle. I can't do it to say my life.

    Happy day to you!

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  12. How wonderful you are to keep his spirit alive, I'm sure he is looking down with a smile and whistling just for you!

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  13. Dawn Sara and Jess-thanks! :)

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