- Posted August 25, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
When grandparents were cool
ETHEL WHITCOMB LEE
When my father was only 17, he enlisted and served in WWII. He had a special bond with his mom and wanted to be the man of the family and take care of her. He wrote a letter to his mom almost every day he was serving in the Seabees in Okinawa Japan. It is through those letters that I have grown to know my grandmother and establish a deep respect and love for her. I am compiling the hundreds of letters written by my father to his mom in order to create a memoir in honor of my grandmother and my father. Some of the letters brought tears to my eyes, and shared some historical events, but most were from a teenager missing his home and the love of his family during a time when our country was at war. My grandmother was always there for him.
We owe a lot to our service men and women, but also to their families. I honor my grandmother Ethel Whitcomb Lee for teaching my father how to be a wonderful, loving and supportive father to me so that I could teach the same values to my son.