Sunday, November 11, 2012


Passed away March first of this year. He was a veteran of WWII and my soul mate. I think about him every day. During our seventeen years together he didn't talk much about the war. But he was addicted to the history channel and once in a while when they were showing war stories he would look at me and say, "I was there." The only thing I knew for certain was that he lied about his age to get in, he was only seventeen. And the name of his ship was the USS Brownsville. 

I kept his favorite WWII hat, it's hanging on one of the posts on my bed. It still smells like him. 

I love and miss you Earl. You'll always be my hero!


Sharon Hamilton said...

Love your touching post, Tory. Thanks for sharing the story. By accident, we have connected. My hubby is an AF vet, but my dad and FIL and son are Navy all the way.

I'll bet those 17 years were the best, and love that his cap still smells like him.

Tory Richards said...

They were great years! I met Earl at a church dance and we connected immediately. Even though he was much older than me, he was truly my soul mate.

Sounds like you come from a dedicated military family. I hope they aren't in harms way. You must feel so proud of them.

Isabelle Werneck said...

Well, I came looking for the blog hop and you made me cry. Thanks for sharing with us. Really beautiful hat!

Tory Richards said...

I'm sorry Isabelle, I'm still crying over losing Earl but getting through the days are a little easier. It's the nights that are the hardest.

Have fun at the hops, and good luck:)

flchen1 said...

Hugs, Tory--thank you for sharing about Earl, and I'm thankful every day for him and others who serve.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your story. lisagk

Tory Richards said...

Thank you flchen and anonymouse.