WWII Memories


This project started as a simple PDF document submitted to DAR. They were compiling a book of Washington State WWII Vets’ memories. Mostly it involved interviewing Dad and his brother Melvin a couple of times and adding a few photos. Later I decided to expand the story, starting the Sunday afternoon they heard that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor, through the remaining months of high school to enlistment, service in the South Pacific, returning home, marrying Mom and starting a business. The book (front and back covers shown) is about 25-pages and 65-illustrations — it includes family photos, newspaper clippings, maps, copies of a V-Mail Valentine to Mom and even a photos of Dad’s high school athletic and music letters.

Dad and Melvin, who recently turned 90-years-old, were thrilled to be honored in print for their service to the country. The book was also a great gift for my siblings, nieces and nephews. I hope they will ultimately pass it on to their children.