When we have some down time in the office during our lunch hour, the office staff likes to swap stories about what they’ll be doing over the weekend, funny things that have happened to them in the past, and anecdotes about their family members. Since Memorial Day is upon us, the conversation naturally led to the veterans we have in our lives. While the closest veteran I have in my life is actually my fiance’s dad, who was in the Navy, our Customer Service Supervisor had so many cool stories to tell about his Army-retired grandfather.
Joe’s grandfather was in the Army during the time of WWII, but he actually wasn’t sent into Japan until just after the war concluded. “It must have been 1945,” Joe told me, while he did the math in his head. I asked what his grandfather did when he got there, and Joe gave me the thing that stuck out most in his mind: “I know that at some point, they were conducting a raid, and he found this giant box of Samurai swords. He showed it to us; it’s pretty cool!”
I was super impressed hearing about his Army history, but Joe is always very humble and tried to downplay it: “He was in logistics, so he wasn’t ever in combat.” But not being in combat definitely didn’t mean that his grandfather wasn’t tough… Joe went on to tell us about the two times his grandfather lost fingers while doing construction work. He lost his first finger while building his own farmhouse, and then a second one while working on Joe’s childhood home with Joe’s father. Joe told me, “He called up to my dad saying he needed help, but then shouted back up the stairs to let him know he could just keep on working.” Fortunately, they walked in a while later, found out what had happened, and rushed him to the hospital in time to reattach it.
What are your best memories of your veteran relatives?