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Bull of the Woods

My father, WWII

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Bull of the Woods

My father during WWII. 

He did the trip across North Africa and up into Italy then over to Southern France. I am not sure where this was taken. I can imagine a doorway like that anywhere along the path he took.

My father is the tall fellow on the far left. He was born in late 1921 so he couldn't be more than 24 in the picture. But people seemed to look older then!

 

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Becky
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Boys were men then..

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Bull of the Woods

He was raised in an absolutely penniless sharecropper family near Rockdale Texas. So he was pretty toughened up at a very young age.

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Becky
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Daddy picked cotton  gave the money to Grandma to help the family .. for a short time they lived in a soddy.. He cooked in the CCCs .. Used those cooking skills when he cooked at Bible School .. Served in the army air corp a PE instructor the day he was to ship out was the day the war ended. Had about 8 years of schooling. Carried a 4.0 at Glad Tidings Bible School.  Dad has been 'fishing with St Peter" for 20 years now i still miss him.. 

 

1 of 6 kids  to blind mom,  immigrant dad who was a part time traveling preacher. 

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Bull of the Woods

My father was in the CCC before the war. When he went overseas he arranged to have his pay go to his parents to put in the bank for when he got home, minus some prearranged amount they were to use for themselves. When he got home they had spent it all.

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Becky
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Sheesh 

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Bull of the Woods
1 hour ago, Becky said:

Sheesh 

It was only one of many tough things. My father sent his mother a monthly check every month until she died in her nineties.

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Becky
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A good lesson on doing what is right. Your dad reads like a good guy.

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larry2

During the thirties, young men were hired to do project work at the rate of $30 per month, and all their clothing, and needs were met. $25 of that amount was mailed to the families to help them during a time of great depression in our country. My dad and one uncle were in that organization, and if I remember correctly only one member of each individual family was allowed to join the CCC.

Things were so much better when I went into the Air Force years later, and was paid $87 per month, and none of it needed be mailed home.

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12 hours ago, larry2 said:

During the thirties, young men were hired to do project work at the rate of $30 per month, and all their clothing, and needs were met. $25 of that amount was mailed to the families to help them during a time of great depression in our country. My dad and one uncle were in that organization, and if I remember correctly only one member of each individual family was allowed to join the CCC.

Things were so much better when I went into the Air Force years later, and was paid $87 per month, and none of it needed be mailed home.

When did you join up late 60s? I enlisted in 79 and my base pay was about $560 per month IIRC...

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59 minutes ago, Uncle Siggy said:

When did you join up late 60s? I enlisted in 79 and my base pay was about $560 per month IIRC...

Sort of close brother. 1955, and there were some of the Air Force still wearing the old Army Air Force olive uniforms for a very short time which had started changing about 3 years earlier. Of course that pay rate was E1 in basic training, and I really can't remember the huge raise I received when I graduated, but it was something around $12 more dollars per month I think as an E2 with one stripe. I even had enough to go to a Fats Dominoe concert, get drunk, stand up on a table ready to fight the cops, and get kicked out. Wow, was that living or what?  :classic_cool:

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Bull of the Woods

My father's older brother served in the Army Air Corps in WWII and stayed in for some time. I remember distinctly him visiting us and arriving in uniform, and since I was born in late 1953 that couldn't have been earlier than  56. 

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