Although you might think it with the bridge featured in the scenery, this picture was not taken in Pittsburgh. 🙂 Here's Pap probably checking out the downtown area of Manila on the weekend, when he was off duty. He told me that downtown Manila was actually bigger than the City of Bridges. (Not sure if… Continue reading Pap: Crossing the Bridge, Taken 1946/1947 in Manila, Philippines
Here's Pap looking snazzy in his cook's uniform!
Here's Pap with some of his fellow cooks from the mess hall in their white service uniforms. I wonder who these other men were and where they are now. EDIT: Wait, the little dude in the middle is not Pap, now that I blew up the picture and took a closer look.
I had a bad day today. But in perspective, my bad day was nothing compared to being drafted and shipped out to a foreign country thousands of miles away from your friends and family. This picture has the same series number as several other pictures dated November 1946 on the back (Grammie) showing ships and… Continue reading Pap: Taken November 1946 (?) in Manila, Philippines
Looks like Pap is taking a little break here on his bench outside one of the buildings in Manila, presumably one of those occupied by the U.S. Army (the kitchen?). I like the shadow of the palm fronds in the background - it looks like it was a sunny day. I swear, my pap still… Continue reading Pap: Taking Five, Taken 1947 in Manila, Philippines
Another neat picture of my skinny little grandfather showing off (for Grammie?) by the bunks. You can see "TRASH" faintly written on the trash cans. I like the U.S. Army vehicle and the tree in the background. When choosing pictures to post I really try and select the most interesting ones that either feature my… Continue reading Pap: Showing Off, Taken 1946/1947 in Manila, Philippines
Today I am wishing my sister Michele a very happy 25th birthday! 🙂 Michele with one "L" has been working very hard to establish a career in animal husbandry over the last few years. My sister has worked with some special animals through her jobs and internships at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the… Continue reading Sister Appreciation Post: Happy Birthday Michele!
It appears that during his time in Manila my pap attained the rank of Private First Class and received one stripe, as his honorable discharge papers give December 4, 1946 as the date of that rank. Maybe he is wearing that strip on his army uniform here. What a cool picture. I don't know where… Continue reading Pap: “Like a Boss,” Taken 1947 in Manila, Philippines
Here's another great picture outside those elevated tents. Pap is wearing a pretty snazzy hat. Not sure who his friend is - maybe someone he worked with in the kitchen?
I like this picture taken with "Red," who my pap remembers was the head cook at Manila. While stationed in downtown Manila for four months (his foreign service is listed as lasting five months and 28 days to be exact), Pap served as a cook at the regular mess hall. His highest military occupational specialty… Continue reading Pap: “Remember Manila,” Taken 1947