Belem, Brazil, South America
to serve as a Military Policeman.
Amazingly, for a young kid from a poor family, he had a camera!
There are all kinds of old pictures in this album.
Photos of aircraft, ships, soldiers-both in uniform
& some where they are ready for a dip in the ocean.
Silly shots of guys goofing off, flashes of men in dress uniform
perfectly lined up to march in a parade.
I've found a few letters that he wrote home, that someone
saved & tucked away in the old pages. Letters that he faithfully
sent back home to Missouri to his Mom & Dad,
enclosing part of his paycheck to help them out.
As the youngest son, he felt it was his duty to take care of his parents.
In recent years as we went through this old album,
Dad told me how hot, humid & miserable it was in Brazil.
No wonder those young men took advantage of there off duty
time to cool off in the waters of the Atlantic!
If you look closely in the window, you will see the flag showing that their son was serving in the military.
And in some of the old stuff we went through the old flag showed up!
Dad's Company, before shipping out from Miami, Florida
He is the one in the white gloves!
Thanks, Dad, for serving our country,
for being a great son & supporting your family,
for being a wonderful husband & father later on in life...
& for taking all of those pictures & passing the love of
photography on down the line!