After finishing the story of my father’s wartime service, I  have remembered something that happened during my senior year in college at Manhattanville circa 1968. I was enrolled in a class entitled “Modern Japanese Literature” taught by a lovely instructor from Columbia University, Ms. Fumiko Fujikawa. We knew that she had been a child during…Read more »

Minesweeper Duty

This entry could be subtitled “Bill’s War.” Returning veterans of WWII would ask one another, “How was your war?” Some men had “good wars” i.e. deployment to interesting places, just enough combat to feel part of the fight, but no injuries and certainly no nightmares. My father’s war, I have found, was more eventful and horrific than the…Read more »

Still Searching

My father was honorably discharged from the Navy on September 27, 1945. The next document, in my possession, that bears his name is my birth certificate. It states that he is, indeed, my father and lists his occupation as “Veteran’s Hospital.” So far, I have been unable to determine what this designation means. Was he…Read more »

Research on Father-Loss

Emerging themes on this subject, based on personal narrative methodology, reveal a pattern among WWII war orphans, daughters who lost fathers. Feeling Different  During the post-war period, conversation about the missing father was off limits in the home. The girls rarely or never knew another child in the same situation. Yearning vs. Grief   A free-floating longing…Read more »

An Unexpected Finding

My father’s occupation is listed on my birth certificate as  the VA Hospital. His Death Certificate lists ulcerative colitis. I received benefits as a “Designated War Orphan” from 1953 through 1968. Everything else is silence or speculation. Then yesterday, another googled discovery! Researching Post WWII Veterans Benefits, I came across an article published in The Journal…Read more »