Need a laugh? Something to round out your week with? Let me share with you a story dating back to World War II. This is about my father-in-law’s ship in the Pacific theater. He was there for the ending of it but not the beginning of the ship’s story.
Let’s start here
Mr. Fae’s Dad…quite handsome, no? He trained in Idaho at the Farragut Naval Base before heading out to his first ship, the USS William D. Porter. The Willie D, as it was referred to, should have been called ‘the ship that sailed only under black clouds’. Dad came aboard in April 1945.
Now, here’s the story:
My in-laws went faithfully to each annual ship’s reunions during the summer time until my father-in-law became to frail to travel. My mother-in-law, along with all this memorabilia, has a piece of canvas taken from the kamikaze aircraft that will go into her Navy book about my father-in-law. The sad thing about all this, was all ribbons and medals he had earned went down with the ship. We are trying to have the Navy re-send duplicates to my mother-in-law now.
Quite a story, isn’t it?