It is so very good if you have had periods in your life that you can recall as times of great happiness. A time never to be forgotten. One such time in my life was when I returned from Korea in 1954.
I left Pusan, Korea, by ship on August 30, 1954, my birthday. What a wonderful birthday gift! I was going home! The troopship made a brief stop at Sasebo harbor, Japan, and then we were on the broad Pacific. Sixteen days later I debarked in Seattle, Washington, and early the following morning I was on a chartered military flight bound for Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
The Troopship Arrives in Seattle
The plane made a refueling stop at Grand Island, Nebraska, and there I had the best breakfast that I had in two years. Fresh eggs! It was delicious.
I was discharged from the army on September 17th and boarded a bus for Wilmington, North Carolina. There my wife and father met me at the bus station. What incredible joy it was to see them again. I had left them in February, 2003, nineteen months before. Now I had a ten month old son whom I had never seen. We drove to the beach, and there I was reunited with my mother and met my little boy. He was absolutely beautiful – just like his mother. Can you imagine my happiness?
And those memorable days were only just beginning. I will continue the story in a future post.
The Girl I Left Behind
Our Baby Boy