Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido
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Veteran's Day

On this Veteran's Day, I give thanks and praise to all those who have served.

Both my grandfathers served in World War II. My maternal grandfather served as a soldier in the Army in Italy and North Africa (including spending some time in Casablanca). Here he is in uniform:



My paternal grandfather -- who was nearsighted, had flat feet, and was deaf in one ear -- was drafted in 1944. As he joked later, "By the time they got to me, they were done scraping the bottom of the barrel and had picked up the barrel and were scraping what was under it." He knew shorthand, so they made him a court stenographer at a stateside base.
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