November 25, 2014

Photo of the Day at Are You In My Photo

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I  had a nice surprise when I visited Are You In My Photo’s site tonight. One of the photos I posted yesterday was chosen for photo of the day.

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I added this particular photo of my dad’s Carrier Aircraft Service Unit 7 because it’s a very clear photo and the men’s names are easily read. Even their rank at the time is noted, as well as the date of Sept. 14, 1944.  I can only hope that by putting the photo on AYIMP’s site that even more people will be able to view it, and perhaps find a family member.  Clicking on the smaller photo below will take you to the full-sized photo.

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I am pretty sure this photo was taken in Hawaii, but I could be wrong. Dad’s group ended up on New Calendonia servicing planes from the carriers that were fighting the Japanese in the South Pacific. It was on that island that Dad strapped Admiral “Bull” Halsey into his parachute. I don’t have a photo of that, but I did find one in the Library of Congress archives that shows Halsey, Eleanor Roosevelt and another man (Harmon) in front of a plane in New Calendonia.

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Harmon, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Admiral Bill Halsey

Dad’s WWII Love Letter To Mom

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Eighty-nine years ago today my dad was born in West Plains, Missouri to parents Will and Minnie Smith Yates.  Although Dad passed away in 1996, his life lives on through letter and photos from his past. This letter was written on the eve of his 24th birthday and he was feeling “pretty old”.

He and Mom had married in Seattle at her parent’s home on Queen Anne Hill, and way back in the 1980’s Mom and I took a trip down memory lane by going back to that house. It just so happened that the owner let us come in and look around on that sunny summer day. Mom was thrilled as she showed me her old room upstairs, and even more so to have me see the marble front fireplace which she and Dad were married in front of on February 5, 1944.

Dad’s love letter of March 15, 1944 was written from Quillayute NAS where he was working after coming back from a tour with the Navy in New Calendonia. As you read in the letter, housing was at a premium, but they did eventually find a little one room place in Forks so they could be together instead of Mom living with her parents. Mom said that place was so small they could stay in bed and reach out and light the woodstove!

I have to say, I don’t remember my dad ever calling Mom “Darling” when we were around…

Thinking of you on your special day Dad, and missing you lots.

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