A memory of my father

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  1. Tyme2fish

    Tyme2fish New Member

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    In 1971 I took a furlough from the Army in order to go on a fishing trip to Strawberry Lake in Minesota with my father.

    One evening on the lake, we observed lightning way off in the distance in the reflection off the clouds and setting sun. A slight hint of thunder would slowly roll over us as we set and fished. There was no danger to us, just a wonderful far off display of Mother Nature

    My father served in the Pacific theater in Guadalcanal during WWII. I inquired if the distant lightning and the thunder reminded him of long ago battles. He replied, "Yes. I was witness to a naval battle far out at sea over the horizon from my fantage point high on a hill in the jungle and those lightning flashes and thunder do resemble that battle." That was about the only time he shared any memories of battle and warfare he endured.

    We then went to shore and were loading our fishing gear into the small camping travel we had towed with us as our residence for the week.

    I was exiting the trailer with a 7 foot rod as dad attempted to enter the trailer. My rod tip went straight into his belly and the look on his face indicated that a Japaneese soldier and "run him thru" with a bayonet.

    A split second later he knew what had happened and starting laughing. We both enjoyed the laugh and then fixed supper and downed a few "brown pops" to finish the day.

    Dad passed in 1982 and I still miss him every day.
     
  2. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    Interesting story Rob.

    My dad died in 1965.
     

  3. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

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    Thanks for sharing your story Rob. Sounds like the Lord has blessed you with many good memories of your father.
     
  4. dinger66

    dinger66 New Member

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    i have those good memorys too , and i work on makeing them with my girls to . do you ever stop missing them? i think of my dad everyday
     
  5. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks Rob for sharing your story. I'm sure you were both proud of each other. I lost my father a few years back. You never stop missing them.
     
  6. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    Dads are pretty Special, I lost my dad 2yrs. ago & miss him every day.
     
  7. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    Gone but never forgotten.Always in your heart and the fond memories.Thank you for sharing the memories of your father with us.
     
  8. fishnvince

    fishnvince New Member

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    Real nice, Rob. Thanks. Some of the best times are spent with people we love
     
  9. ldw45

    ldw45 Member

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    Rob, Thanks so much for telling your story. Brought a lump to my throat and memories of my dad who died 5 years ago. He was a bomber pilot in WWII, shot down on his 17th mission over what was then Yugoslovia, missing in action 46 days. We raised cattle and operated a logging business together. As we worked He sometimes shared some of the experiences from his past. I sure miss being able to seek his advice. In my eyes he was one of the wisest men I ever knew.
     
  10. Ulikedew

    Ulikedew New Member

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    Rob thanks for sharing buddy.
     
  11. CuzICan

    CuzICan New Member

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    THanks for the share and I have been told that as long as I am alive my dad will never die...I love that too!
     
  12. tiny b

    tiny b Active Member

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    Thanks for sharing. I can still clearly remember my dad taking me fishing before he passed in 1961.
     
  13. River Hobo

    River Hobo New Member

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    My father passed a few summers ago and just the other day I was working on some thing that had me perplexed and the thought of calling Dad and asking for help just popped into my head. Oh, can't do that. :sad2: After all this time the thoughts of him just come popping into my head.
    Hopfully they'll never stop.
     
  14. jailcop2

    jailcop2 New Member

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    My father was a tank driver in WW2 had memories of thing things he had seen til the end I believe, we lost him last Christmas day 12:10 A.M. I appriciate your sharing.
    Brian