Mar. 31st, 2015

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I remember being told that grandpa had served in WWII at the battle of the Philippines. I remember being told his nickname was Ptomaine Tommy. A little guy, a gunner's mate. But he was at one point in one of the battles that happened around the Philippines. He was told to keep a marine contingent below decks during a battle. He clobbered somebody with a big wrench to the head to keep them below decks. But the ship was eventually sank, and at that point, grandma woke up screaming. Grandpa survived, though I never heard that story.

This memory is somehow something I feel proud of.

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