November 11, 2009

Wordless/Wordful Wednesday - Veterans Day




This is a picture of my Grandpa Swenson - it was taken on August 24, 1943.  He served in the Army during WWII, and on September 21, 1944 he lost his comrades and his legs from just below the knee during an attack while in Germany. He was 22 years old at the time he lost his legs.  My Uncle Noel was 3 years old, my dad was 6 months old.  My favorite uncle  was born a few years after he came home from the war, and my aunt followed a couple of years later.

As a child, I was always fascinated by his wooden legs.  He became quite adept at getting around with the help of a polished wooden cane, and always wore his favorite fedora hat when he went out.  Even as technology improved over time, he refused to give up what was 'familiar' to him, and continued to use his wooden prosthetics, though you could tell some days they were very uncomfortable. 

He always answered our curious questions without hesitation, and I have wonderful memories of sitting with him in his kitchen as he relayed various stories of his life.  In spite of the inconvenience, nothing slowed my Grandpa down.  He was the kindest, sweetest most caring and loving person I have ever known.  He lived a full, active life until he died from complications of pneumonia when he was 75.  He is greatly missed. 


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53 Random Sassy Comments:

Steven Anthony said...

wonderful tribute. wonderful.

Just Breathe said...

What a sweet story about your grandfather. I pray for all the Veterans and all the soldiers who are protecting us.

Julia@SometimesLucid said...

As an Eastern European Jew, I thank your grandfather for everything he did for my family!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

What a wonderful story. Happy Veterans Day.

Vodka Logic said...

Great post and what a handsome man. xx

I am Harriet said...

Wonderful post Stacy :)
Have a great Wednesday!
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Karen @ If I Could Escape . . . said...

What a wonderful tribute and post.

Happy WW!

Menopausal New Mom said...

What a wonderful tribute and perfect story to tell on Veteran's Day. Thanks for sharing!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Beautiful tribute.

Brian Miller said...

beautiful tribute...my great uncle used to fascinate (and scare) us with his missing finger...

otin said...

Very nice, Stacy! Your Grandfather would be proud of this and of you!

Tiaras said...

what wonderful memmories

K said...

He sounds like a wonderful grandpa.

Beautiful post.

Brimful Curiosities said...

The strength he displayed despite his disability is amazing. How lucky you are to have known your grandfather.

buffalodick said...

A good remembrance, on a day of remembering..

Sprite's Keeper said...

Such a beautiful tribute!

Justine said...

What a wonderful post, Stacy, and a beautiful way to honor your grandpa.

Justine :o )

Justine said...

Btw... what changes did you make to your blog? It's not lagging anymore!

Justine :o )

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

That is a lovely post.

Secretia said...

To me it feels good to look at the old pictures.

Secretia said...

To me it feels good to look at the old pictures.

parentingBYdummies said...

Great photo. I love looking at historical pictures of my family and imagining what their lives were like. Thanks for sharing your story.

Elesha said...

What a great tribute!
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Kristina P. said...

Thank you so much for sharing about your grandfather.

Happy Veteran's Day!

Pamela M. Kramer said...

Oh how cool! I just love the old black and white photos. Great post. Happy WW.

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

What a great Wordless Wednesday post. Love it. Love the picture of your grandfather. Great story.

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Rain Blanken said...

Beautiful story and photos! I always found it difficult to ask my father and grandfather about their service. It's good to know that your grandfather was so open to questions!

TorAa said...

I can vividly understand your fascination of your uncle with the wooden leg.
Nice story, but the fact he lost his lower leg.

Funny we both had a WW related to the world wars in the past century

Peterson Family said...

What a beautiful tribute to an extraordinary man.

Anne said...

My dad was in WWII (that just makes me feel old). He never talked about it, I think it was a difficult experience.

TheSingleGirl said...

This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing!!

Cascia said...

What a beautiful story! I hope you have a wonderful day.

Captain Dumbass said...

Awesome post, Stacy.

kys said...

That was a great story and I loved the picture, too!

Allison said...

He sounds like an amazing man. What a great photo.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Laufa said...

My Grandfather was also in WWII - he is still alive, but had an eye shot out in that war.

Insanitykim said...

Lovely, so lovely! Thank you for sharing with us!

Stina said...

amazing picture of your grandfather. i am proud of all of our troops past and present, especially my cousin who served in Iraq. he is home now and doing great. happy WW and take care.

Lindy said...

What a great tribute and picture. A big thank you to your grandpa from down here! All of our troops are fantastic and deserve our utmost gratitude!

Felicia said...

What an awesome story!

Margaret said...

What a great story! I loved reading it. I also grew up in a military family so I know what you are saying!

Business Cards said...

It makes you so proud of your grandpa right?! Cheers to them! Thank you for sharing this very nice post.

blueviolet said...

What wonderful memories of your Grandpa! I love that he was such a happy, kind, loving grandfather to you.

PropellerHeadMom said...

What a great post about your grandfather. I love the picture too! Thanks for sharing!

Jenni Jiggety said...

What a great tribute to your grandfather!

Ace said...

Beautiful story about your grandfather!! A true hero. My husband's father also served in Korea for us. He earned a purple heart.

Jenners said...

Thanks for sharing this story. The more people talk about the veterans in their life, the more meaningful this day is.

Simply Mommy said...

What a great man your grandfather seemed be. That is so great to have such wonderful memeories of him. I only wish I could have the same. Both of mine died before I was born. Thank you for sharing and also for stopping by my blog!!!

Elle said...

A lovely tribute to your Grandfather!

Serendipity is Sweet said...

What a beautiful post and touching tribute to your grandfather. Thank you for sharing his story and God bless him.

Marie said...

Your grandfather is an amazing example of how to live life. I love that you told about him today. I only wish that I could have met him.

Casey said...

What a great picture. Your grandfather seems like he was an awesome guy.

LT said...

What a beautiful story! It sounds like he was a wonderful Grandpa!