Wednesday, May 16, 2012

History Takes Its Course

Being another rainy day you’da found us hunkered down close to home.  However, the sun did sneak through the clouds a couple of times and it was warmer than the day before.  Anyway, Mike and I looked through some of Dad and Mom’s old papers to find Dad’s Navy discharge papers.  Judy made copies of them and I started playing on the computer looking at the various duty stations where Dad serviced during WWII.

Dad served in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres as Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class.  A Pharmacist’s Mate was what they call a Hospital Corpsman (or Medic) today.  He served on the USS LST 53 which was a large landing ship used to deliver army tanks and trucks to the beaches of Normandy.  What a bloody mess that duty must have been for a twenty year old to witness.  I won’t go into the details here, but it would have been a gruesome assignment.

In the Pacific Theatre, Dad served aboard the USS Chourre (ARV-1) which was a floating Aircraft Repair facility.  That took him to Guam, Philippines, and the Bay of Tokyo.  I’ve only begun to scratch the surface of his enlistment, but by researching the history of each of his five duty stations I will learn a lot more about his service in the U. S. Navy and his involvement in World War II.

The tires are on order for the truck and will be installed this morning.  An appointment to have the alignment is scheduled for later this afternoon.  We’re putting Michelins on the front and next summer we’ll buy two more for the rear.  Due to the weight involved in towing the fifthwheel, we have to replace the rear tires about every two years while we get at least three years out of the front tires.  I suppose if I did a rotation plan we might be able to squeeze a little more time out of all the tires, but it would be a thousand dollars to replace all four at once.  It’s rough enough paying almost $500 for two tires plus this time it’ll be another couple hundred to do the alignment.  Anyway, the pain will be all over by night fall.

Well, that’s enough rambling for one day.  May God Bless  - - - - - - - - -

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