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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

3 Generations

My Dad is celebrating his 87th birthday on the 14th of this month, so to honor him, I snagged these photos from my Lovely Wife's blog. On the left is my Dad, I'm in the middle, and on the right is my son EJ. Three generations together.

My father left home at an early age to serve in the three C's (Civilian Conservation Corps) in which he travelled throughout West Virginia and other states providing plant and wildlife conservation efforts as well as assisting in the national efforts towards economic recovery. He was drafted into the U.S. Army as he ended his duty with the three C's and headed off to WWII. He was assigned to the Pacific Theatre under the command of General Douglas MacArthur in which he fought against the Japanese throughout many islands of the pacific such as Guam, Saipan, and the Philippines. He returned from the war and started a family and a new career with Weirton Steel Corp.

I'm very proud of my father because he is a true survivor in life. He was born in the Roaring Twenties, lived through the Great Depression, contributed to the liberation of the Philippines as well as victory in WWII, and he managed to make it back to his home state and raise a family. He has a strong moral character and if he believes in something, he always sticks to his guns. I still recall, during my teenage years while on a hunting expedition, he was able to out-climb and out-run me up the hills of West Virginia and he was already in his 60s.

In my lifetime, I would be happy to say that I accomplished at least half of what my father has during his. He is a Great American Hero in my eyes and I love him dearly.

Happy Birthday Dad!

23 valuable thoughts they wrote, what's yours?:

Chris said...

wow! i see the similarities!

chubskulit said...

I think EJ is the most handsome nyahahahaha... Luv you guys!

d'kitchen said...

oh my gosh...this is cute...love all the baby pics...my gosh...hehehe...now I can see the resemblance of joops, john...:) thanks for sharing....happy birthday to your dad.....:)

Mom of Four said...

Wow! I thought those 3 pictures belong to just 1 person. Chubby faces, hehehe! Happy Birthday to John's Dad!!!

ryliej said...

Oh I wanna add too that Dad's picture show's his era because of bathing in the basin hehehe.. But, we still do that in the Philippines, in suburb areas lol..

nikogirl said...

weeeeeh the three of you look alike :) really 3 generations of beautiful babies :)

your dad is really a hero! surving war and great depression.. fight with mc arthur, that is WOW!!!

he really is great! happy happy birthday to him!

A New Beginning said...

The three of u r sooo similar!
Youre a great family!

eden said...

i love the pictures, so cute and very similar.

happy birthday to him..Wish him all the best.

god bless always

ruby said...

i see the resemblance! happy birthday to your dad

Hazel said...

What a lovely tribute to a great American Hero! As a Filipina I am amazed by his connection with the Philippines.

Happy birthday to your Dad. Here's wishing him many more years.

nuts said...

happy birthday to your Dad! yes, he's a hero and that you must be very proud of him..
i thought it was EJ in the middle. you look exactly the same.

shydub said...

Was your father one of Mc arthurs army to fight against japanese in the philippines? trully indeed an american hero your father is, john. He is proud of what you have accoplished and what you become a great husband, father, son and brother and person. Your EJ is a combination of you and rose. Happy birthday to your dad in advance.

Tita Beng said...

Three baby pictures of three generations gathered together. Awesome! Here to salute your father. He's a real hero. Belated Happy Birthday to him!

amiable amy said...

Oh! If those are his milestones, he deserve my SALUTE too! He is indeed a HERO! Happy Birthday to your dad.

I wish him GOOD HEALTH so that he will have more fun activities with his grandchildren.

I wish him HAPPINESS, LOVE and MORE BLESSINGS on his birthday.

Happy Birthday Sir!

p/s
-i like the pictures....what a nice moment to cherish...

teJan said...

Wow! A real salute to your Dad!

And the picture really superb!Two thumbs up!

Clarissa said...

Happy Birthday to you Dad,Sir John!!He's the real Hero to the family and to your country!I wish him good health!!^_^Happy Birthday to your father,Sir John!!

imelda said...

hapi bday to ur father john. i see the similarities in your pictures. i was reading your post about your daughter and i laughed. hapi tuesday, john!

jenie said...

nice to see you here in the blogging world joops!

love ur posts=) keep posting.

done ff you, link me back?

Margaret Cloud said...

This is such a nice tribute to your dad, I am glad you are proud of him, I solute him on his birthday. You do a great job with your family, I have read and seen this, you make sure your family is well taken care of and do many things with them. Thank you for coming by, have a great week.

Beth said...

Just like Liz, I thought those pics belong to one person! ang galing, they were able to keep those old pics.
They look the same, and ok I have to biased here, because Rose will definitely read this: Ej is the cutest! Hahaha! :)

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

happy birthday to your dad ^_^ He deserves my salute too! My grandfather was a soldier during WW2 and survived those challenges. His brother who is living in California is an American Veteran.

Cecile said...

Happy birthday to your Dad, Joops :-)

kat said...

hehe the 3 generations look the same..

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