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Christmas with the Family

Here in Colorado we went to Mr. TroutBend's dad's house for Christmas day and had a nice time. I think we should do whatever it takes to do it every year until his dad isn't with us any more. After that, although I'm sure there will be good intentions to get together, it will be easy to come up with reasons to not get around to it, especially because there are no small children in that family, no grandchildren.

George is the old guy at the head of the table.

He told us what he did in World War Two:
Enlisted at age 19, he was trained as a bomber mechanic for the Pacific theater, but the atom bomb in Japan ended the war in the Pacific. Instead of letting him go home, he was sent to Europe on a troop ship, and was stationed there for post-war clean up. His job was to run a PX (post exchange). He didn't say this time where that was located, but he's previously talked about going sight-seeing around Europe during his time off, including Lourdes. This time he talked about taking the train, and the tracks were bombed out, so German POWs were rebuilding the tracks ahead of the locomotive, 30 feet at a time.

posted on Dec 28, 2019 5:20 PM ()


Christmas is everything about family. Pictures make it doubly precious.
In memory, world war II is not that far away. My first husband was l8 when he enlisted and was a machine gunner. He ended up with the troops that liberated the camps but could never talk about his experiences.
comment by elderjane on Dec 29, 2019 4:43 AM ()
I was trying to get a good picture of George, so anyone else who happened to be in the shot was an afterthought. Made for some pretty pathetic pictures of everyone else - blurry, the top of someone's head just visible over the top of his chair, etc. The 'nice' picture of Mr. YouKnow, his sister & dad is too dark. The one of the sister and dad makes her shirt look invisible - the eye is drawn to her white bra. I can see them someday posted in a collection of worst family photos.
reply by traveltales on Dec 29, 2019 11:44 AM ()
Times together like this become very precious memories!
comment by marta on Dec 28, 2019 9:30 PM ()
Hoping there's at least a couple of Christmases left for that particular group.
reply by traveltales on Dec 29, 2019 11:38 AM ()
A lot of World War Two stories still to be told!
comment by greatmartin on Dec 28, 2019 8:27 PM ()
It's like peeling an onion, every time there's more detail.
reply by traveltales on Dec 29, 2019 11:35 AM ()

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