Monday, July 24, 2006
Bon mots and prayers from Uncle Al
Who better than to give such perfect words of wisdom than one's godfather !!
Here, an excerpt from from my Uncle Al's e-mail:
June, patience is a virtue - you & Bruce have sure shown your Catholic patience and , I'm sure prayers. I pray every day for your adoption to finally take place and that it will be a wonderful one !
More back story on Uncle Al !
BRANCH OF SERVICE U.S. Army Air Forces
HOMETOWN Philadelphia, PA
ACTIVITY DURING WWII NAVIGATOR, 70TH TROOP CARRIER SQUADRON, 433RD GROUP, 5TH AIR FORCE. SERVED FOR 18 MONTHS IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC, NEW GUINEA, PORT MORESBY, NADZAB, HOLLANDIA, BIAK, LEYTE IN THE PHILIPPINES. SERVED AS HEAD NAVIGATOR FOR THE SQUADRON. TOOK ON ADDITIONAL DUTIES - MESS OFFICER AND ASSISTANT OPERATIONS OFFICER. BASIC TRAINING FORT MCCLELLAN, ALABAMA; NAVIGATION SCHOOL, SELMAN FIELD, ALABAMA. AFTER GRADUATION, WAS ASSIGNED TO THE 70TH SQUADRON, 433RD GROUP. FLEW FROM FORT WAYNE, INDIANA TO SAN FRANCISCO. WAS SELECTED TO BE THE GROUP COMMANDER, COLONEL GILES' NAVIGATOR AND LED THE SQUADRON OVERSEAS. STOPPED IN HAWAII, CHRISTMAS ISLAND, THE FIJI ISLANDS, NEW HEBRIDES, BRISBANE, TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA. THEN ON TO NEW GUINEA FOR A BRIEF TIME IN PORT MORESBY AND ON TO NADZAB OUR INITIAL BASE. RETURNED FROM OVERSEAS DUTY MAY 5, ON TO PHILADELPHIA MAY 8, RECEIVED REST AND RELAXATION LEAVE. MARRIED MAY 19, THEN ON TO MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA FOR BEACH REST AND RELAXATION. RECEIVED DISCHARGE THAT WAS TO BE EFFECTIVE AUGUST 6, 1945.