My grandpa served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was stationed on a minesweeper patrolling the South Pacific. He has some very interesting pictures of life on the boat – and during shore leave – that I’ve posted to Flicker.
During down time, the sailors would play with the ship’s dog:
or entertain themselves in other ways:
One of the saddest stories he told me was when they would encounter people from Japan or other Asian countries who would try to hand them their children so they would be spared of the destruction of war and grown up in the United States.
Thanks to the sacrifices of veterans, past and present, and of their families. May peace prevail so these sacrifices and the destruction of war no longer take the health, well-being, and lives of those in the military on either side or those who live in the zones of war.