1944 – “To My Sweetheart” – – from AL…
This photo is of – Al E. Aldrich, brother to my husband, Lee G. Aldrich, Sr. – and uncle to my sons, Lee, Jr. and Al Aldrich. The photo must have been intended for a girl-friend – Al has a date of July 8th, 1944 – Italy and also he has written: “To My Sweetheart” — “Al” – also, there is some other writing on the back of the photo – but this photo was pasted with glue on to a black page of a photo-album – and was carefully sliced out – and some of the writing can no longer be made out – so I guess we just do not need to know what was there – I feel so “LUCKY” just to have this remembrance of my brother-in-law.
You can tell that some bending of the photo and damage was done by someone – sometime ago – no one knows what happens to all their stuff when they move or leave behind all their earthly possessions for the next generation — Al and his brother Lee, my husband have already gone on to a much better place – but they are both really missed by us who are sure to follow soon, enough?
On this Memorial Day – I do remember those in my “Family” and all those still serving in the Armed Forces – asking Almighty Yahweh’s special blessing – since – – we all need ‘prayers’ said for us – and to always be remembered … in some way – – – my thoughts are that — to send blessings of “LOVE” to all those we hold dear in our “LIFE” time – – makes for a better world – and our own loving memories – will be passed on to the next generations! D.V.
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“Blue Skies… all the way…”
Photo to come – – soon as I can find it?????
Mary Ellen Aldrich…. make this comment… – – “to Grand-Daughter, Alyssa and her Husband, ANDY” … – – like a reminder… “While on the ‘ROAD’ — – you may as well… try out for the – – NEW Country-WESTERN SINGERS”… from MISSOURI — YOU have the voice – – the LOOK – – and – – Your HUSBAND, ANDY… will sing and play all the music – – along the way… with you two… together – – the newest and best ever “duo to hit the ROAD…again!” *********
“Dream a little … DREAM of ME!”
C B7 Ab G Stars shining bright above you C B7 A A7 Night breezes seem to whisper I love you F Fm Birds singing in the Sycamore tree C Ab G G7 Dream a little dream of me C B7 Ab G Say nightie-night and kiss me C B7 A A7 Just hold me tight and tell me you'll miss me F Fm While I'm alone and blue as can be C Ab G C E7 Dream a little dream of me A Gbm Bm E A Gbm Bm E Stars fading but I linger on dear, still craving your kiss A Gbm Bm E A Gbm Ab G I'm longing to linger till dawn dear, just saying this C B7 Ab G Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you C B7 A A7 Sweet dreams that leave all worries far behind you F Fm But in your dreams whatever they be C Ab G Ab G Ab G C Dream a little dream of, dream of, dream of me
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“Do You Fear Falling?” “TOM… Could you really… just throw… ‘your-self’… out of an AIR-PLANE?”
This is Thomas F. McClarren – 82nd Airborne Division – U.S. Army – the last of the McClarren Family that I have pictures of that did join and serve and were “LUCKY” to return home! To be a “Paratrooper” – I’ll just bet that… the “#1” question you are most asked would be, – “How can you jump out … of a perfectly fine flying airplane – are you not afraid of falling and getting hurt?” — Tom is the one in our “FAMILY” – that would be asking someone downstairs something – and before you could turn to answer – there he was – – at the foot of the stairs? Never could figure what there was about “TOM” – that caused him to fall out windows and down stairs – and never got hurt doing so? I’m guessing the “GOOD LORD” was saving “TOM” for the big jump of his “LIFE” … out of our U.S. Government… “AIR-PLANES!”
This Memorial weekend and all this coming week – let me send this... “Salute” – to all of our ARMED FORCES – a prayer to Almighty Yahweh – to bless and protect our young men and women – until they can return home to their “LOVED” ones – “Send Love to all our Loved ones who are making great sacrifices!” D.V.
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“Congratulations to… Alyssa and Andy…. on this DAY… I thee WED… and this is the best DAY… for us… for ever more…”
“I … LOVE… YOU!”
“Real LIFE… PHOTOS are so much better…”
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“Let me know if you LIKE – – as I do as an AMERICAN… and PROUD to be an AMERICAN!”
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“Thank your Serviceman” – on Memorial Day!
My brother Denny H. McClarren Jr. – on home leave from “Redstone Arsenal” – Huntsville, Alabama – – he has the best and biggest of smiles – – he sure is happy to be on leave and at last home!
My thoughts are that on this “Memorial Day” weekend – we should all give to every “Service Man and Woman” – a truly heartfelt THANKS – – and a blessing in the name of the Almighty – that each of these young people who are defending this – America – for us to have Freedom and Prosperity – that we can only receive – if and when we are grateful and continue to daily pray to the Almighty Yahweh – since there are so many situations – – that if we do not get together in “United Prayer” – – we may not continue to have the United States of America!
During WWII – as a very young and little girl – I remember hearing every day – in Saint Louis, Missouri – – on radio station “K.M.O.X” and at “twelve o’clock noon” – “Kate Smith” singing… “God Bless America” – – – this song is a prayer and we should – and need to sing it as a prayer – to protect all of the young people – – today – who are signing up to serve – America – and in some cases – even having to give their – LIFE – the ultimate gift – that they can give – – and so… we need to pray NOW – like never before – – for their daily protection!
“D.V. – – The ALMIGHTY willing – – someday we will not need to send our young people to WAR – – maybe… we could learn to live with each other… and live in PEACE?”
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