This photo was taken at the family homestead in Massachusetts. Pictured here is my grandfather with three of his four sons. Three sons served in World War II. My grandfather served in The Great War (WWI) in France. In this photo are my dad holding the hat and too young to serve, my Uncle William the sailor, and my Uncle Jimmy the army soldier. Not pictured is my Uncle Peter an army veteran who also served in WWII.
I've recently learned about some family folklore. It has been said that my grandfather lost all his hair overnight after three of his four sons enlisted. And me being a precocious child used to call my grandfather "Baldy Murphy" ~ sorry Grandpa!
My Grandpa and I used to play little mind games with each other. We weren't allowed to walk on the hardwood floors, only on the oriental rugs (go figure). So, I would walk with half my little foot on the rug, and the other half on the hardwood floor - staring him down the entire time I walked to his candy dish! I was never reprimanded, just loved by him and my grandma!
My grandparents were blessed to have their sons all return safely, marry, and have families of their own. They were all wonderful men, and I miss each of them dearly. I'm so proud that they protected and served our country for the freedom that we enjoy today.
I would also like to acknowledge all service men, women and their families, from every part of the globe, who have served and sacrificed for their countries past and present.