The following was written by my late wife Elaine. She wrote a long book, a diary really, from which this is one passage:
Reporting to Japan on the Way to Korea (the Korean War was going on then). Around the time of my graduation and new Art Institute job, Dave was preparing for his tour of duty overseas. After his training at Ft. Belvoir, he received orders to Japan, expecting to go to Korea from there. Again, we had to go through our painful goodbyes, and I remember when Dad shook hands with Dave for the last time, he got emotional, with red, teary eyes, thinking back on his World War I experiences, dreading that Dave would face similar things. Dave told me today (2000, as I write this) that Dad told him something like, “I wouldn’t blame you if you did anything you possibly could to get out of going to the war.” Some bad things happened to Dad in WW I, like mustard gas, shrapnel in his back, great fear and narrow escapes, etc. He didn’t talk much about his experiences to me, but he talked to “the men” about it, including Ron, who has Dad’s World War I scrapbooks.
To be continued…
About the Author: RD Blakeslee is a nonagenarian in West Virginia who built his net worth by only investing in that which can be enjoyed during acquisition and throughout life, as opposed to papers in a drawer, like stocks and bonds. You can read more about him here.
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