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Our First Home in Ayer, Mass.

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Our First Home in Ayer, Mass.

Getting on an airplane in Houston at Hobby Airport then being nervous because of never having flown before,  I so was excited to be on my way to be with Frank again finally. Of course, flying Student Standby meant that I could be held up at any point of my trip if the plane I was scheduled to fly on was full with others who had paid the total amount for a ticket. My flight would take me from Houston to Chicago then after changing planes in Chicago; I would fly on to Boston where Frank would be waiting at the airport for me. After I arrived at the airport in Chicago, and finally finding the...

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Going Back Home to Texas

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Going Back Home to Texas

After Frank got home from bivouac, we still had a few things to do. We had to take the fully packed barrels with all of our things packed in them to be shipped through REA Express. This company could ship by truck, plane, ship, or train.  Our things were shipped by train from Ayer, Massachusetts to Bay City, Texas. Since we had to be out of our apartment in town on December 15, 1968, Frank and I had to find a place to stay for a few days before we left Ayer, Massachusetts.  Our friends had already moved back to Iowa, so we could not stay with them.  Frank would not be through at Fort Devens...

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Ralph’s Love of Leather

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Ralph’s Love of Leather

I have told you about finding our sweet dog, Ralph, and how much he loved leather but I have not shared with you the things he could do to things made of it. Frank and I were given a bible by his Grandmother who we called “Gram” on Christmas Eve in 1968.  The Bible was made of white leather with our names engraved in gold on the bottom of the front cover.  We dearly loved this Bible.  I had carried it with me in my suitcase to Okinawa. We had a small coffee table in our living room and our bible laid on this table on top of a doily which was an ornamental mat we had purchased...

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Typhoon Elsie and the Habu

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Typhoon Elsie and the Habu

In late September of 1969, Typhoon Elsie was in the Pacific Ocean heading towards Okinawa. Living in approved Military Off-Base housing, Frank was released to be at home with me until all threat of it hitting Okinawa had ended. Frank and I were originally from the Gulf Coast of Texas, so we were educated as to what to do and how to prepare for a Hurricane.  We decided a Typhoon would not be much different, so we prepared accordingly. What could possibly happen?  Enjoy. “Typhoon Elsie” Our home was made of concrete blocks which made it very sturdy.   Inside the wooden stealy bars...

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Kobe Beef, Pizza Party & Carolers

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Kobe Beef, Pizza Party & Carolers

It was now October of 1969 and we did not have any more typhoons, habus or flying doors.  The “Stealy Boys” would always be a threat but Frank and I had learned to live with that. On October 4, 1969, Frank turned twenty years old then on October 6, 1969, I also turned twenty years old.  The single GIs that were our close friends invited us to go out to dinner with them.  They took us to a fancy restaurant in Naha, Okinawa. When we got to the restaurant and once inside, we were seated on three sides of a large U-shaped bar that had bar stools around it.  There was a large grill in...

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