An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My Dad, My Hero (in honor of Veterans Day)



Our sons love to hear stories of their Nonno when he was in the Military -- stories like his grueling training as one of the oldest guys in OCS (Officer Candidate School); how he met my Mom while stationed in Verona and courted her; the time he forcibly removed a fellow (drunken) officer who was being offensive to a woman at a dinner party; or the stories (some of them truly frightening) of when he served at the Demilitarized Zone in Pamunjon, Korea when tensions between the north and south were at an all time high.


Then there was the unbelievable coincidence of being interviewed and photographed by an Italian journalist sent to do a story on the tensions in Korea, with the feature article subsequently published in Italy (with photos of him and extensive quotes) to the incredible joy and pride of our Italian relatives (my Nonna carried the magazine with her and showed it to everyone).


And our boys are very impressed that he can still tap out messages in Morse Code.

We love you, Dad.
We love you, Nonno.
We're all very proud of you.












10 comments:

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El) said...

My father was with the Army in Korea and I will be forever proud of him. I miss him this day a little more than I usually do.

Blessings to your family.

Damiano e Irene said...

Amazing pictures Bia!!
We are all proud to have a special uncle in USA!!
See you soon Dwight and happy Veteran Day!!
Your nephews half italian and half canadian.

PAOLA said...

Maria, noi abbiamo ancora l'articolo pubblicato sulla rivista italiana. Se non ce l'hai, ti mando una scansione!!
Le foto sono bellissime e in una preziosa scatola di fotografie della nonna, ci sono tutte!
Bacioni

Anonymous said...

Dear Maria,
Thank you very much. You are also very special to me (as are your younger sister and brother) Love, Dad

Tiziana said...

Mi sono commossa rivedendo le foto. Dwight era ed è un super fustone e noi tutti siamo orgogliosi di lui e di quello che ha fatto.
Ti ringraziamo caro Dwight e ringraziamo anche tutti quei giovani che sono morti e che ogni giorno rischiano la loro giovane vita nel nome della libertà.
Per noi hai sempre rappresentato il "grande sogno americano" e anche per questo sei il nostro eroe.

Ua said...

Dad, I am always so proud to tell people that "My Dad is retired military." We love you!

Chiara said...

mammamia che bello che sei Dwight!!!!! anche io voglio sentire qualche bella storia!!! per esempio di quando eri in Korea!!!!! l'aspetto l'anno prossimo!!!!!!!!!! ciaoooooo!!!!!!

Chiara said...

mammamia che bello che sei Dwight!!!!! anche io voglio sentire qualche bella storia!!! per esempio di quando eri in Korea!!!!! l'aspetto l'anno prossimo!!!!!!!!!! ciaoooooo!!!!!!

Cheryl Lage said...

Please extend our appreciation to Nonno, too! So handsome in his uniform. :)

Kathryn said...

I love these photos, what a great family you are to celebrate your Dad's military service. My husband was in the Navy and we really love to shower our appreciation of that on Veterans Day!