Welcome to Little Nell, from over at "Hanging On My Word", for pitching in to take over Alan's job at Sepia Saturday for a while, as he is on vacation. Without further ado, here is this week's prompt photo, and by chance I am on theme for this week:
First, let us put the kitty issue to rest. I have shown the photo below before, but it is one of my favorite pictures of my husband Cary when he was just a baby. He did grow up and join the Air Force, but that is another story for another time.
Instead, today we are going back to learning more about my Great Uncle John Hedrick. Uncle John is the one who married Aunt Signa, thereafter honeymooning in Reno and Salt Lake City. Some of us will always remember the flat tire that they got on the way to Reno, and the postcards that never made it to the mailbox. This story begins before all of that though.
First, he was born:
One, two, skip a few ... Uncle John had a steady gal and went into the Army Air Forces during World War II. Let's just pretend that in this week's prompt picture Uncle John is the guy, and Aunt Signa is the girl, shall we? It could have been them, except that they always had little poodles named Sugar and Sugar II. I never noticed a cat when I went to visit them; but then again, I was admiring all of their telephones, dreaming of growing up to be a telephone operator so that I could someday have as many phones as they did (4 or 5), including the pink trimline Princess phone; my personal favorite. Little did I know that I would later inherit a lot of their stuff, allowing me to publish their personal information on the internet.
Uncle John was stationed in Illinois and Texas, and then was sent to Brazil, where he served in communications until the war ended. He looks just like my cousin Sally's boys, Alex and Zach.
Here is the beautiful gal that he left back home, Miss Signa Woods, the telephone operator:
Uncle John is a great writer and he corresponded with many people, including to his sister-in-law Flora Fletcher Hedrick and her two sons, his nephews Dan Hedrick and Lyle P. Hedrick. Lyle later gathered all of the letters that went back and forth between them all. He included his grandfather E.W. Fletcher's daily diary, and transcribed them into a manuscript that he named "The War Letters". Lucky for us all, my Mom and Aunties gave me a copy of it.
This is a letter that Uncle John sent to Flora when he was stationed in Natal, Brazil:
Finally, here you go ... the moment that you have been waiting for, Uncle John's thank you notes from the Commanding General of the Army Air Forces, Henry H. Arnold, and from President Harry S. Truman himself. This is so cool, I couldn't believe that they were tucked within The Letsom Letters Collection:
So, there you are, my friends. If you enjoyed this story, please visit my Sepia Saturday friends by "CLICKING HERE" to find other neat photos and stories. To read more about my family and other stories featuring old photos, memories and more, please look for this picture of me and my dad on the left-hand sidebar and read whatever else catches your fancy. Thanks so much for visiting!
~ Kathy M.
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