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So, my Pops turned 89 this year and this day was the day that changed his life forever and further shaped him into the person I most look up to and model my life after. He's one of an estimated 3000 US WWII survivors left, I always try my best to see him on this day...
After growing up poor in Price Hill, Cincinnati in the 20s, fighting a war where his life was in jeopardy many times, he now fights his one losing fight with dementia, always with a smile though. But, it's the 30's/Depression/WWII era of his life that he recalls with the detail of being right there in the moment every time. I love hearing his stories about how things were, what he did, the close encounters that he had, the life he created for himself, etc...
In 1945 he came home alive (when many he knew didn't) and went to work (a couple jobs at a time), went to school (at night and degree'ed it up) and busted his ass asking for nothing more than a decent paycheck for a hard day's work (didn't even accept his purple heart). From there he continued to work, succeed in two careers all while taking care of a family of 6 (including my grandmother, RIP) and then, as a grandfather, took me and my brother on as his own (as much as he could) when my mom's husband refused to take on the responsibility parenthood. Every day I see him I truly do see why his generation was dubbed, "The Greatest Generation".
I owe everything I have and ever will achieve to that man...much because of one day in December.
Well I said I'd do it and I did. To all the Icrontians whose birthday is in December HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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