All four of my sisters and I knew of the incredible suffering, unshakable faith, and perseverance our father demonstrated during his life. It was my sister Candie who had the wisdom and foresight to interview him and research his past. She has written a book entitled “Forged by War” that details his life and his influence on our family. This post, written by Candie, is a tribute to his life and service that contains lessons that can benefit each of us today. Enjoy this tribute to the man who helped forge my life as well.
He quit school after he finished the ninth grade. Many like him did the same. It was a time of extreme financial challenge in America. The crash of 1929 left many families destitute. My father was one of 15 children. Four of his siblings died in infancy or early childhood, but he was one of eleven who survived well into adulthood. In 1936 the country was still reeling from the Great Depression. My father finished the ninth grade and set out on his own to earn his keep.Click here to continue reading Candie’s post.