Wednesday, May 14, 2008

N is for Navy Mementos

I was going through a box of my father's belongings and came across some of his old Navy stuff. He served his country from 1952 to 1956 and did a tour during the Korean war. After high school, I seriously considered joining the Navy as well but never did. It's something I always wish I had done. I have the highest respect for those who serve as my father did. Here are a few pictures of what I came across among his belongings.


Below is my father's Honorable Discharge certificate, his dog tags, and various other items from his days in the U.S. Navy.


This is a close up on my father from a large group photo with his dog tags draped over the frame.


Does anyone remember straight razors?


A sheathed blade and his dog tags below




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17 comments:

Marsha said...

I not only remember straight razors, I have one in it's sheath. Great pictures of your dad. I have several similar things from my dad's time in the service during WWII as an airplane mechanic in the Army Air Corp.

I agree with you regarding the respect for those who serve!

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Melli said...

Awwww... these are great shots. I love the close up of your dad with the dog tags... that's just sweet!

Karly said...

When I go to my mom's house this weekend, I will need to ask her to dig out some of Dad's Navy things. This is a moving post for me. :)

Karly said...

Great photos, by the way. You captured perfectly the pride and emotion that comes with knowing someone who has served. Thank you to your dad for his service.

Carletta said...

Robert you have such an eye for photographing those things important to you - these are wonderful. Your Dad was a handsome man.
I can't choose a favorite today - they are all great shots.

I had to smile - I posted a tower from Norfolk, Va - Navy country!

Mar said...

Wonderful choice for N!! love the pictures of your dad, thanks for sharing those dear memories. Very, very special.

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Hi Robert, thanks for sharing your father's treasures with us .I have a uncle who was in the Navy..I always wanted to join the navy after I got out of nursing school, but my life path changed , and I became a mother.I often wonder what my life would have been back then...no regrets..Have a good day.

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juliana said...

wonderful memories and great photos again!

jientje said...

Your father was so handsome!!!

This is a great series of pictures Robert!

Dr.John said...

What great pictures for N. I remember straight razors and my grandfathers razor strap.

Lacey Lichi said...

You are evoking powerful emotions. I love the first one. I don't know why yet, but it grabs me. I'll be looking at it more! What would these look like in a sepia tone?
On the link below: Your sister definitely has the talent to be a party planner- tell her to pursue, pursue, pursue! You could take all of the advertising photos! I love your close ups and so envy your macro!!

Will said...

Nice mementos. I think I am going to have a problem with photos of straight razors for a while. I just watched, partly with my eyes closed, Sweeney Todd.

christy said...

How special these are! I really like the image at the top. It reminds me simultaneously of a still life and a collage, both of which I love doing. (And it's a close up with great cropping... which I always love!)

quilly said...

These photos are incredible. Artistic, nostalgic and reflective all at once. Very well done.

Oh! And I not only remember straight razors, the first time I shaved my legs I tried using one and peeled my skin off from my ankle to my knee on my shin bone. I still cringe every time I remember. The blood all over the bathroom sort of freaked my Gram out, too.

Minkydo said...

What a sweet post! I do remember those razors. I even had to use them on some of the nursing home residents. Terrified me the first time.

Bunny Trails said...

Beautiful shots, Robert. And the meaning and memories behind them just add so much, I'm sure. Very nice.