It was fitting that on Mother’s Day in May we honored the women affiliated with our CT Quilters Quilts of Valor Group who chose to serve our Country and today, on Father’s Day, it is also appropriate that we pay tribute to those men in our lives that are special to us.
Our spotlight swings first to our own CT Quilter, Linda F. who has had many family members serving for many years. We reported on the women in her family in our Mother’s Day post and we continue now with the men in her family who proudly served our Country. Linda’s husband, Richard is a 21-year retired Navy veteran. Linda and Richard met when he was on her check ride when she qualified as an aircrewman. They have been married for 44 years. And Linda’s daughter, herself a Navy veteran, is married to Charles H., a 20-year Navy veteran. At the risk of repeating ourselves, what a great family tradition of service!
Kathy T.’s 6-foot tall father served on a submarine in the US Navy during WWII. He always claimed the racks (beds) were ok if you curled up properly. He never mentioned how many times he hit his head inside that submarine (but then again, he was a fast learner!). Before he passed away, her father recounted the story of when the USS Haddo (SS-255) almost became stuck in
We are losing those of “The Greatest Generation” in increasing numbers now, so be sure to capture those veteran’s stories while you still can.
In addition, Kathy has a nephew who is a
West Point engineering graduate (Class of 2002). Patrick was also an Army Ranger when he resigned his commission at the rank of Captain. At that time, Patrick had elected to continue his education to get his PhD in Physical Therapy and will serve with the rehabilitation of injured active duty personnel and veterans in a VA hospital. Patrick trains Guide Dog puppies in his “spare” time!
Our newest members, Irene and Loretta, told us of their family member’s connections to the Armed Forces in this post, and we are proud to once again mention Irene’s grandson, Robert, currently serving in the Army in
Pat N.’s brother was a 25-year veteran of the Air Force before he passed away. He is interred near Pat's mother (also a veteran) at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
And finally, Pat has written the following awesome tribute to her father to honor him on this Father’s Day:
My dad Norman Meissner was born in
almost 90 years ago and joined the Army during WWII. He started the first part of his basic training in Michigan at the Vinoy Park Hotel, which was being used by the Army as a training school. St. Petersburg
He was then sent to Scott Field Air Field in
. He and the other servicemen headed to Illinois by train, due to weather conditions the area was flooded and the train headed to the base at 5miles an hour over the flooded tracks. Scott Field began as a communications training school in 1940 after the opening of the Illinois . My dad was selected for Flying Radio Operator Training. The primary mission of the Radio School was to train skilled radio operators who would fly in aircraft and operate command and control communications in every Theatre of the War. Radio School
After a year of training he was sent to Truax Field in
. Where he trained as an Air Traffic Controller. Madison, WI
Next up was overseas training at
the Eastern Flying Training Command. Smyrna Air Field, TN
He was selected to go to
and rode there in propeller planes, which stopped each night, as they weren’t equipped to fly at night. They stopped in India Casablanca, Libya, Egypt and . He served in Iran before moving on to Jawani to work at an Emergency Air Field there. Then he headed to Karachi, India to work where the Taj Mahal is. After the war ended he with others were sent to Agra San Francisco and then put on a troop train back to before being discharged. After his discharge he joined the Naval Reserves until I was born where upon he spent the rest of his working life as an Engineer. My Dad met my Mother at a USO event and they married after the War. My Mother was also a Veteran. Madison, WI
~William Arthur Ward