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Blog Project Week 21: Dedication
Dedication brought double meaning for me with these photos. I took a photograph of something that represented strong dedication to country, along with being able to dedicate this post to my grandpa.
After spending a year as a student at Cooper Union Institute in New York City, my grandfather transferred to West Point. Originally scheduled to graduate in the spring of 1942, he was part of the class now referred to as "Black '41". One of the few times in history such a thing was done, his class was pushed through a semester early and graduated in December of 1941 so the newly commissioned officers could immediately prepare to ship out for WWII.
Upon graduating, Grandpa was sent to Fort Benning for his basic training for the Signal Corp. Once there he was put in charge of working with 14 members of the Comanche Nation who had enlisted in the Army. Their job was to create a code for the army to use in the European Theater that was double-encoded. For example, a "bomber" was translated into the Comanche phrase for a "pregnant bird". After basic training, the Comanche were sent to England and were part of the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Buldge. Grandpa was in a unit that was sent to Northern Africa and proceeded from there to Palermo, Italy and joined the rest of the troops in the European Theater. When he returned from the war he met a striking young Army nurse, Lieutenant Mary Jane Schneider, at a Halloween party at Camp Crowder. Turning to his friend he announced "that is the woman I am going to marry." The following July he did just that.
Some of the highlights of the rest of his prestigious military career include, being trained at The Army War College, teaching at both West Point and Annapolis, being the most highly ranked Signal Corp officer in Vietnam, and ending his career as Major General Hugh F. Foster Jr., Post Commander at Fort Monmouth in 1975.
That -- is dedication. Dedication to himself for sticking with what he worked so hard for. Dedication to his family for being an incredible father and husband despite his years of travel and service overseas during war time. Dedication to the Army for pushing himself to be the best soldier and officer her could be. Dedication for doing what he believed to be the right thing -- to fight for this great nation and to keep us safe at night so we could continue to live.
So this photo is my dedication to my grandfather, who always inspired us every day to be dedicated to what we love. The book written about his graduating class from West Point, his West Point license plate, and his and my grandmother's Lieutenant bars. I love you and miss you and all your stories Grandma & Grandpa.
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