Mom, Linda, Brenda, Bruce, Ron, and Pam,
Although I was out of town on Pearl Harbor Day this year, I remembered and thought of Dad, who was aboard the U.S.S. West Virginia on Battleship Row when the Japanese attached Dec 7, 1941, bringing the US into WW2.My cousin, Wayne McCain, just sent this June 19, 1940 letter written to family, when Dad was first serving in then Territory of Hawaii at Pearl Harbor.
Wayne says that his mother, Helen McCain (Dad's sister, my Aunt) came across the letter recently. Please note two photos that I have pulled from my photo library that are both referenced in this interesting letter! You will see Dad's office, and also his trip to the beach, as described in detail in this awesome 6-19-40 letter from Dad, to family in Marysville. I hope that you enjoy this as much as I have, and I thank Aunt Helen and cousin Wayne for passing along this letter-a piece of family history chronicled.
Share this with Dad's friends and family, especially the grandchildren, and great-grandchildren! On the 67th anniversary this month, we are all remembering Pearl Harbor and remembering our loving memory of Willard L. Erwin, "Dad", "Gramps"!Love, Bonnie
I just love these pics...do you see Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach...it sure doesn't look like that now! It's now lined with huge hotels. I have been to Hawaii almost 20 times...back in my fly girl days in the Air Force we flew Aerovac missions (medical missions) there every week from Japan! Bet you never thought someone could get tired of going to Hawaii....I did, but now would love to go to take the kids. Steve and I went together for our first anniversary but we haven't been since. Hawaii is so beautiful and I love all the military history there.