Tag Archive: Navy


Pate's Honor Day

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Destroyer Escort Sailors reunion with a number of family members.

My father served on the USS Coolbaugh DE 217 from its commissioning until the end of World War II.

He was honored as we toured the USS Yorktown.

His emotions were at the forefront when we walked up and this sign was prominently posted on deck.

It was one of the few instances I ever saw him cry.

Valentine’s Day

60 years strong 002
My parents met in 1947, during a snowstorm.
Set up more or less on a blind date by Dad’s sister.
He was fresh out of the Navy, having served in World War II, Mother was a telephone operator in those days.
They soon married and joined forces, to raise 5 kids and spent over 60 years together.
This is one of my favorite photos of them.