I have enjoyed the stories you have provided about WWII veterans. My grandfather, Joseph A. Cannon, just died in October at the age of 87. He was a WWII naval aviator.
Fourteen years ago, as a college nursing student, I was instructed to interview an older person for a gerontology project. My grandfather was also a chemist for Monsanto for 30-plus years and very detail-oriented. He was happy to fulfill the task and sent me a recording of his life story. It chronicled his life in a very logical way. And although he was only in service for about three years, it was monumental in his life. A good portion of the recording was detailing his years and flights in the service. I transcribed the recording and turned it in for my project and hadn’t really thought about it again until he died.
After his death, our family could not find the written copy, but we did find the tape. In addition to his time in the service, he also talked about family life and work and summed up what was most important in his life. To hear my grandfather’s voice providing his own personal history was very comforting to my family. In essence, he wrote his own eulogy, and my aunt quoted a portion of it as such at his service.
I can’t stop thinking about my grandfather this Veterans Day. The recording was a very personal one for our family and invaluable. I am so happy that we have this history recorded of a truly wonderful man. The war was a big part of the man my grandfather was to become. He lived a very commendable life, and I was blessed to have him in my life.
Thanks again for the stories, I love hearing the voices of the veterans. I work as an oncology nurse and have met many WWII veterans. I don’t always have the time to ask about their experiences in the war, but I do thank them for their service.
– Maureen Bahr, Huntersville