At Play In The Archive
Today I share images of some of my Veteran People. I don’t have pictures of everyone, unfortunately, but I am deeply grateful for the service of each and every one of them.
First, here is my Great-Grand-Uncle Ernst Spielmann serving in Europe during WWI. I wrote about these images in “Postcards Home from WWI“.
My Great-Grandfather Pete Marak also served in WWI. I don’t know much about his service history yet, but the insignia on his sleeve leads me to believe he was part of a medical unit. I cannot even imagine what he must have witnessed.
I wrote about my Great-Grandfather, Austin Flagel “Buck” Yoder, a professional jazz musician, in an earlier post. Pop joined the US Navy in WWI, enlisting as a Musician First Class out of Portland, OR.
Next up is my Great-Uncle Ted Marak (son of Pete Marak, pictured above), who served in the Army Air Corps, the pre-cursor to today’s Air Force.
Here is my sweet Grandfather, Robert Lessiack, who served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves in the Pacific in WWII, eventually retiring as a Major (I think. I have many more records to dig through to get the whole story). He joined up fresh out of college, and he was involved in a mysterious romance with a beautiful Navy nurse prior to meeting and marrying my grandmother in 1945. That mystery was the very first thing I wrote on this blog, and it is still one of my most frustrating brick walls.
My Great-Uncle Roger Adams, an Olympic-caliber college swimmer, also served in WWII in Europe. No matter how difficult the circumstances, he was always a cheerful, sunny, make-the-best-of-it kind of fellow, so somehow this picture seems appropriate. I also wrote about Uncle Roger Sir (for that is what I always called him) here.
My Pop Jim (that is, James Daniel Griffin) served in WWII as well. I believe he was in the Coast Guard, but I’m not certain.
My father-in-law, Robert Robertson, had a long and distinguished career with the US Army. He served in WWII and clear through the war in Vietnam. Bob was a man of great wit and writing ability; we have several priceless comedic “newsletters” that he published while in Vietnam for the entertainment of his fellow soldiers. I will share those another time — they are very fine specimens of gallows humor.
Thank you, my Veteran People, for all you did and do.