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My Dad

Postby EdE on Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:00 pm

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My Dad
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Here is a picture of my Dad.
He was a 2nd Class Boatswain's Mate during WWII.
He was on a DE, the USS Davison, and was in seven convoys across the Atlantic, the invasions of North Africa, and Sicily.
This picture was taken in Brooklyn, NY, his homeport.

Last week he passed away at the age of 85.

We have been a Navy family.
My Dad and his brothers were in the Navy during WWII.
Three of my cousins served in the Navy.
When I was discharged in 1977, my brother joined the Navy for six years.

I really miss him.
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Re: My Dad

Postby Fburtxds1 on Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:07 pm

I am very sorry for your loss, Ed. May his soul encounter fair winds and following seas.
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Re: My Dad

Postby Doc Kivlighan on Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:23 pm

My condolences Ed,
Next year will be twenty years since my father passed. I still think of him often, sometimes see him in the mirror when I am shaving and sometimes I hear his voice when I speak.
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Re: My Dad

Postby mlouise_smith on Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:03 pm

Ed

My condolences on the loss of your Dad. He was a fine looking sailor.
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Re: My Dad

Postby rmcguire on Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:13 pm

My most sincere condolences to you and your family, Ed.
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Re: My Dad

Postby blasher on Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:26 pm

Sorry for your loss. My prayers to you and his family.
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Re: My Dad

Postby schrand on Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:25 pm

Ed,

I'm sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and yours.

You might want to check out the WWII Memorial registry. You (and anyone else with family in WWII) can add your veteran's name as a remembrance.
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Re: My Dad

Postby gerard1429 on Sat Mar 05, 2011 12:30 pm

EdE wrote:
EE Ellegood_1_smaller.jpg

Here is a picture of my Dad.
He was a 2nd Class Boatswain's Mate during WWII.
He was on a DE, the USS Davison, and was in seven convoys across the Atlantic, the invasions of North Africa, and Sicily.
This picture was taken in Brooklyn, NY, his homeport.

Last week he passed away at the age of 85.

We have been a Navy family.
My Dad and his brothers were in the Navy during WWII.
Three of my cousins served in the Navy.
When I was discharged in 1977, my brother joined the Navy for six years.

I really miss him.


Ed I totally share your pain , My Dad (ShipFitter 3rd class USNR) was onboard Unamed LST-488 and LST-1089 in action @ Leyte,
he passed Jan 16 at age 84. His Dad went to Boots in SD shortly after it opened in 1920, where I went to RTC , shortly before it closed in 1989

it's a huge loss your Dad...
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Re: My Dad

Postby Mike Florio on Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:17 pm

Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing, Ed.
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Re: My Dad

Postby jamie on Sat Mar 05, 2011 4:08 pm

I, too, am sorry for your loss, and share your feelings. He was a fine lookin' lad. I'll bet he turned the head of many a lass!

I, too, miss my dad who passed in 2006, at 84yrs. If you don't mind, I'd like to share a memory of my Pops. He was a WWII fighter pilot, career USAF man. He loved flying - especially open cockpit planes like the Ryan PT22 and Stearman PT-17 bi-planes. We had a Ryan from about 1965 through the late 70's. He taught me how to fly a stick, and I wore a leather helmet and goggles. Wonderful memories of flying with Mt. Rainier in the not-so-distant horizon - and we would do rolls and loops.

(Wish my scanner link was working, I'd scan in a picture or two for you guys. Maybe later).

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EdE wrote:
EE Ellegood_1_smaller.jpg

Here is a picture of my Dad.
He was a 2nd Class Boatswain's Mate during WWII.
He was on a DE, the USS Davison, and was in seven convoys across the Atlantic, the invasions of North Africa, and Sicily.
This picture was taken in Brooklyn, NY, his homeport.

Last week he passed away at the age of 85.

We have been a Navy family.
My Dad and his brothers were in the Navy during WWII.
Three of my cousins served in the Navy.
When I was discharged in 1977, my brother joined the Navy for six years.

I really miss him.
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Re: My Dad

Postby whitesmoke on Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:19 am

Condolences and a round on the house, Ed.

My Dad will be 88 this year - he was a 2nd class Signalman and was in the Armed Guard during WWII.
Toward the end of the war he contracted TB and had to have his right lung and half his ribs removed.
Also they had to fuse his spine with bone from his hip. Hard to believe he's been getting by on his
left lung only since 1946 - and he continued to smoke 4 packs of Pall Mall unfiltereds a day until 1966.
That's one tough dude.

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One thing he told me still stands out - the cure for seasickness: They used to make them swallow
a piece of salt pork on a string and then pull it back out. Never got seasick but never had the heart
to try that on someone who was. Grandpa Herbie passed in '91 at the age of 94 and the longer he's
been gone the more I miss him.
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Re: My Dad

Postby Fburtxds1 on Sun Mar 06, 2011 7:32 am

I lost my Dad back in 1992 when he was 66. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and fought with the 77th Infantry Division in the Philippines and at Ie Shima during the Okinawa Campaign. The battle for Ie Shima was short, but very intense and bloody. He was nearby when the renowned war correspondent, Ernie Pyle, was killed by sniper fire there.

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Memorial Marker for Ernie Pyle on Ie Shima Island Near Okinawa

When the war ended he served in the Occupation of Japan for a year with the Seventh Regiment, First Cavalry Division (Gary Owen), Custer's old outfit. Although he talked a lot about his time in Japan after the war he would say very little about his combat experience. I've found that this is usually the case with people who saw some very bad things. I do know that he was not very happy when I chose to serve during the Vietnam War. He was proud, of course, but very afraid for me.

But this was something I just felt compelled to do, despite having a legitimate deferment at the time. I was a high school dropout with a hunger for knowledge. I had been working with and for my Dad in the Nursing Home field, which was extremely interesting, and something I feel I could have been successful in pursuing, either as an administrator or as a Geriatrics Nurse.

However, my Dad was in a struggle with alcoholism, and I knew I needed to move on with my own life. He had to face his problem on his own, and I knew there was nothing I could do to help him. Even when I was at Mare Island, though, I struggled with the guilt of leaving at that time. But I had a very wise Chief sit me down and help me realize that it was not my responsibility to try to make him change. And, in fact, there was nothing I could do that I hadn't already tried to do in the eighteen years I had been his son. He had to do it himself.

To his credit, my Dad did eventually conquer his addiction, and he was sober for the last twenty years of his life, with only one short lapse during a family crisis in 1979. But it took a toll on him physically, and he died at an early age.

It also took a great toll on the relationship my younger brother and I had with him. Although I loved my father deeply, he was two entirely different people when he was drunk and when he was sober; and it is very hard to reconcile the two. With the passage of time we have been able to forgive, but we can never forget some of the things he put us through during the bad times. We still bear a heavy burden of hurt and regret.

Even so, I do remember the unique and wonderful person he was during the good and sober times. I choose to praise and admire that side of him and to feel the pride I had for him and his service to our country and the love and compassion he felt for his fellow human beings. That helps to mitigate the unfortunate side of his life.

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Re: My Dad

Postby Fburtxds1 on Sun Mar 06, 2011 8:18 am

gerard1429 wrote:Ed I totally share your pain , My Dad (ShipFitter 3rd class USNR) was onboard Unamed LST-488 and LST-1089 in action @ Leyte,
he passed Jan 16 at age 84. His Dad went to Boots in SD shortly after it opened in 1920, where I went to RTC , shortly before it closed in 1989

it's a huge loss your Dad...

Gerard, I also offer my condolences to you and your family. I know your sense of loss is still fresh in your mind. It is very possible your Dad and mine were in very close proximity during the action at Leyte. I salute both your father and grandfather for their Patriotism and Courage.
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Re: My Dad

Postby herring on Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:13 pm

my sincere condolences Ed. my dad passed in 2005 at the very young age of 57...and i miss him very much.
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Re: My Dad

Postby aj_williams on Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:26 am

My condolences ED. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

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