Sunday, June 20, 2010
Happy Father's Day, Dad
My dad is the one standing on the left with his hand to his mouth, eating a candy bar. These guys were pretty hungry. When this picture was taken, he and his fellow Marines were being transported out of a jungle on Guadalcanal, where they had been holed up for 17 days straight in monsoon weather. Dad said he never took off his boots and his feet developed jungle rot. He also came down with malaria. My dad and his unit also fought in battles on Peleliu and Cape Gloucester. If you happened to catch "The Pacific" episodes that recently aired on HBO, the series depicted my dad's outfit, the First Marine Division.
Dad, who was 19 at the time, said some of the other Marines in the picture didn't make it home. He was one of the lucky ones who did. Otherwise I wouldn't be here today.
Happy Father's Day, Dad.