Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!
Hey, Let’s Talk!

Uncle Red While unpacking an old box that has followed me on move to move I found my Uncle, Francis Arant ‘Red’ Marshall’s, WWII medals. He was my Mother’s older brother and manned a submarine during the Atlantic campaigns later in the War. Like my Dad and Uncles he was one of the “Greatest Generation” that won the war. He survived the war in spite of the hazardous underwater submarine duty but took his life after it was all over – despondent over a girl. Very tragic and I don’t think my Grandmother ever got over it.

Looking at Uncle Red’s medals I decided to frame them and hang the memorial along with my Dad’s tribute in my Model Den. I called my favorite Cousin, Anna (actually it’s Anna Clara but don’t call her Clara!), in Macomb, Ms. to see if she had any information or pictures or anything on our “Forgotten Uncle”. She started digging and came up with a great picture of Uncle Red in his Navy blues …. AND his WWII scrapbook! I can’t wait to see that and hope there are some combat pictures or pictures of his submarine that I can copy for his memorial.

Since Uncle Red died after the war none of us Cousins really knew much about him. My Mom had some stories of him taking her out when she was a young girl and teaching her how to fish and shoot a pistol. She said that when he would come home on leave he would always dump any change he had in his pockets out and she got to keep it. She said he was a big prankster, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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