My adopted father served in the 29th Brigade, 47th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Military Forces, in World War II, and never spoke much about his six years in the army. Since his passing, I have done much research at the Australian War Memorial, to get a better understanding of his history and his service. There is a memorial plaque, at the AWM, for the 29th Brigade, and I wept when I saw it. My adopted father had actually told me quite a lot about his war; I didn't realise it until I saw that memorial plaque, and the Brigade motto:
I spent many years married to the military thru my husband at the time .I have held many jobs in one form or the other ..some I was paid for,, other's were volunteering for the unit my husband served in.
You Chose This Life
Correct me if I am wrong, but all military wives hate when people say, "You chose this life. You knew this was going to happen." A person saying that does not automatically make everything difficult about deployment disappear. Some of us wish that it would, but unfortunately that is not how it works.
How many of you are single parents? How do you handle raising a child(ren) and working a full/part-time job by yourself? Some or most people don’t realize how hard it is being a single parent raising 1 or 2 kids by yourself and working a full/part-time job. I’ll tell you my experience as a single mom raising a kid while being on active duty in the Army.
There were approximately 48,000 British women who fell in love with and married service men from around the world during and after World War II. All of them have their own deeply personal stories. Some were both happy and some tragic. None of those 48,000 stories could have been more deeply personal than the story of my own parents which, fortunately in my case, turned out very happy.
Saying goodbye to him was the hardest thing that I have ever done. We were newlyweds. This wasn't how it was supposed to be. We were supposed to pick a house together or at least make a house on base our home together. I didn't want to leave him. We were only together two weeks after we got married. I wanted to stay all the way up to him getting on the bus to leave. However, he was trying to look out for my best interest even if I couldn't see it at the time.
There comes a time in marriage sometimes, like in life, where you ask yourself how much more you can take. You ask yourself if all the things wrong are real, or just in your head. You ask yourself if ending things is really the best option or if you just have not tried hard enough and you need to hang on just a little longer for things to get better.
It was the year the cicadas emerged in Kansas after seventeen years of silence. His buggy tottered swiftly along the dusty road to home, through July corn that once stood as tall and lusty and green as his eldest son Todd until the last two years when severe weather and drought moved through the area. He passed reddish-gold fields of evening and watched as a few strands of wheat left from the June harvest caught a soft breeze and twinkled on and off with the last remnants of light.
For those who don’t know dating someone that’s either going into the army or already in the army is a lot. I wouldn’t say its difficult but it’s not easy. I should know My boyfriend in the army and sometimes I personal wish there was a handbook on what to expect and what not to expect, But because I was with him when he first joined ( we did break up and got back together) I see the difference from the boy who joined the united states army to the man he is today. And lets just say it’s a huge difference and a lot to learn. Not to fear that’s why I’m here to give you a list of how to handle if you significant other is either joining the beautiful army or is already in the army and this is new for you.
The sounds of summer are coalescing around me. They have always felt the same to me. Hot and oppressive, full of shouting and sorrow, fear.
When people think of the Second World War, most have images of Germany, France or Britain. Most people wanting to visit historical sites will go to the D-Day beaches or concentration camps which is understandable.
Heroes. They can be men like King Leonidas of Sparta at the Battle of Thermopylae. They can be women like Katherine Johnson who intricately calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon. They can champion seismic change like Martin Luther King Jr. or their contribution can go unnoticed for over a century like Ada Lovelace, who is said to have written the instructions for the first computer program in the mid-1800s even though her work went undiscovered until the 1950s.