My husband is an 26 + year Veteran of the United States Air Force and the North Dakota Air National Guard. Thank you for all you did to protect our family and our country!!
It wasn’t easy for him to be gone for extended periods of time. We all survived, this was before cell phones, email and facetime…phone calls that were very expensive (usually collect calls), letters and postcards were our way to communicate.
Perhaps we were lucky…I am sure that soldiers in WWII and Korea would have loved to make an occasional phone call.
Today I would like to share another Soldier. A good friend of my Uncle Hugos.
That is my Uncle Hugo on the left and his friend Anselmi on the right.
Today I salute these two men. Anselmi on the left and Uncle Hugo on the right. Look at those grins. I believe this photo was taken before they were sent overseas in 1942. My Uncle went to Sicily, he was injured when an 88 shelled trees where his unit was dug in. His left heal was shot off and he had numerous wounds and shrapnel in his back near his spine. He carried that shrapnel near his spine throughout his life. He was sent back stateside and then had to endure a train ride from the east coast to a west coast hospital. He spent a really long time in the hospital there.
I don’t know where Anselmi went during WWII, I know nothing of him other than he was a good friend of my Uncle Hugos, Anselmi never married and he is buried near his parents, two brothers who never married and a sister who never married in the Pickerel Lake Cemetery. He had one sister who married and had one child who didn’t care about relatives of his mother. I found these photos a long time ago and scanned them, there is no one to give them to that would appreciate them. I cropped the first photo and put it up at Find A Grave. I will make another trip back to the cemetery to look for Anselmi’s grave so I can photograph it. If it doesn’t have a Veterans Flag holder or marker I will contact the County Veterans Service Officer.
How about you? What will you do today to remember a Veteran?