With today marking the 239th year of the United States Navy, I thought it only proper to celebrate two dads who proudly served. My husband Guy's dad was a career Naval officer and my own dad, though not career, was a Seabee (a member of the Navy Construction Battalion) in the Philippines. Guy and I both pause to celebrate our country's brave men and women who selflessly serve - with our thanks and sincere gratitude.
|Guy's dad served on the submarine USS Whale 638 (SSN-638),|
a Surgeon-class, nuclear-powered attack submarine of the US Navy
Guy was often given projects to accomplish while his dad was out to sea. Knowing that he was expected to have it completed when his dad returned, it was up to Guy to figure out how. He read every hot rod magazine he could get his hands on (his dad’s subscriptions and those copies he bought with hard-earned money earned from chores), along with using his mechanical aptitude to put the lawnmower back together, tune-up the family car, repair the water pump, and all the increasingly difficult projects that were left for him.
|Guy with his '55 Belair in 1976|
We reflect back on the influences our dads had in our lives and know that the lessons they learned while serving our country in the United States Navy played a big part in the men and fathers they became. They have our thanks and appreciation.