Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Added Thanks

Thanks to those of you who have come online to read this memoir.
Notably, to our friend John Berry, who has more knowledge and interest than most of our generation of the activities in the Pacific during the war. Thanks, John, for helping pass this stuff down.
Special thanks to Merlin Dorfman, for his corrections and addenda. Merlin, quite the WWII scholar, sent along some material I hope to be adding to comments from the appropriate posts soon.
Also thanks to our dear friend Tess Cowie for her kind words. Tess's husband Bill was a retired Marine Major who served his own brave time in the war. Bill and Dad had an longtime,ongoing, good-natured ideological debate, Dad the Sailor, Bill the Marine; Dad the Democrat, Bill the Republican. It's a debate that Dad has always truly relished, in which he's found many counterparts, probably none as well-suited as Bill.


moproducer said...

Ed - I just learned of your dad's passing. You probably don't remember me; my name is Paul Jackson. I was a couple of years behind Randy in school in Harrison. I remember you both. You have my condolences, and having lost my own father, my sympathy as well.

Your dad's story means a great deal to me. Having done film documentary work for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, I'm aware that the US is losing its WWII veterans at the rate of 1,000 per day Soon, they will all be gone.

Please keep your dad's story alive any way you can. Tell it, preach it, publish it...the world needs to remember the conflicts, the sacrifice and the incredible people like James Nicholson, who did whatever was needed.

God bless and comfort you.

Paul E. Jackson, Sr.

Bear said...

Thanks Ed for posting this again. As you most likely know by now, growing up without a father made Jim special to me. He always treated me as family which of course means you get all the great and awareness of the uncomfortable. He was special to me and forever will remain so in my heart!