The Book Of Me: Prompt 11 -- Military

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Prompt 11: Military

This week’s prompt is Military

Did you join the military?
Were you encouraged or discouraged?
Did a family member?
Regular or for a particular incident
Did you or your family serve overseas in the line of Service either during a war or a posting
Any thoughts, photographs, memories relevant

I've never been in the military.  I was neither encouraged nor discouraged from joining. My parents always talked about the importance of getting a good education and encouraged my brother and I to attend college, so that is the direction I went in. A number of my family members did however join the military. 

My father and my mother's brother both served in the army and were stationed abroad in Germany.  I think my dad joined the army right after he graduated from college in 1964 until 1966.  Here's a couple of pictures of him from his army days.

Handsome dude right? :)

My dad is pictured center.

Most of my maternal grandfather's brothers were in the military.  

John T Harrison Jr. --served in the Army during World War II
Samuel D. Harrison --also Army World War II
George A. Harrison -- Navy World War II
Freddie Harrison --Army World War II
Earl W. Harrison --Navy World War II
Rudolph H. Harrison -- Air Force
William Arthur Harrison --Army

Here's a picture of one of my grandfather's brothers in uniform.

Earl Harrison

I have the highest respect for anyone who has served. It is something I just didn't see for myself. To be honest, I don't have the guts for it.


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