On this Memorial Day, I’d like to share a powerful photo from my father’s collection. This is why we honor our men and women each year – their sacrifices should never be forgotten.
If you are fortunate enough to still have a family member or friend who is a surviving WWII veteran, this might be a good day to sit down with them and talk about their service. Their voices are our link to this important time in history.
October, 1944 – Peleliu
Japanese prisoners work between lines of American crosses. In the background is the airstrip and beyond, the hills where the fighting dragged on for so many weeks.
I recently met Matt Phair whose father, Joe, was in VP-33. Like Dad, Joe was a talented artist and I’ve been treated to quite a few of his wartime sketches. Matt hopes to eventually develop his own book highlighting the artwork. I’ll be sure to let you know when something is published.
Matt and I have talked by phone on several occasions, and he recently sent me this awesome photo of survivors in life rafts that was part of his dad’s collection. It really says it all.
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