Grandmas During WWII

We lived in Orlando Florida when Dad enlisted in the navy. I was four years old when we moved to Adel, Georgia. We stayed with my grandparents. My mother’s sisters and one brother also stayed at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

They had a two story house close to town. When dad enlisted in the navy he was on the USS Abbot Destroyer 629. I was only four years old. I do not remember much during USS Abbot Destroyerthat time. I started going to school in Adel at five years old.

I remember when dad came home after the war. We met him at the train station, he picked my brother and I up, and gave us a big hug. I was very happy! I know my mom was glad that he was home.

As the years went by and I was older I would ask dad about the war. He told me some stories about the things they had to do during the war. For example, he remembered that some of the bread they had to eat was molded. I asked “did you eat it?”, he replied “yes after you tear off the molded part!”, and he left it at that. I asked mom if dad ever talked to her about the war and she said not really, that he always said “I just want to forget about it.” I guess some stories are never told.

During the time dad was at war my grandmother ran the Phil Cook Restaurant that was located in downtown Adel. My mom and her sisters also worked there. We were so lucky, it helped the family get through the hard times. I was also told that my brother James was responsible for the coke machine, he sold the cokes and collected the money. “No money no coke!” that was his saying. And he was so proud! Me, I don’t know what I was doing just staying out of trouble I suppose.

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One Response to “Grandmas During WWII”

  1. persistentillusion Says:

    “he always said “I just want to forget about it.”

    Man, I can’t blame him!

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