A most precious gift - from my Dad to my husband *pic*

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by gritsar, May 20, 2011.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    All my life my parents made it known to me that as my father's only biological child I would inherit his navy "dolphins". For those of you without a military background, navy dolphins are:

    'The Submarine Warfare Insignia (usually known as "dolphins" or "fish") is a uniform breast pin worn by enlisted men and officers of the United States Navy to indicate that they are qualified in submarines. The Submarine Warfare Insignia is considered one of the Navy's three major warfare pins along with the Surface Warfare Badge and the Naval Aviator Badge. To earn the right to wear the pin, prospective submariners complete an extensive qualification process that lasts about one year (for both enlisted and officers, though the two programs differ significantly) and covers virtually all of the submarine's systems.'*

    *from wikipedia.org

    My dad was a submariner for 20+ years. Retired as a CPO (chief petty officer). Offer me a million dollars, offer me anything you can think of, all I want is my dad's dolphins. True, I'd rather have my dad for the rest of my life instead, but I know I can't have that. I want the dolphins.

    My DH is a huge military buff. He also adores my dad. Visiting dad in Florida recently I knew what needed to be done. Dad wanted to give me the dolphins. I knew someone that would treasure them even more. I talked it over with Dad. Dad gave his dolphins to my DH. Not just one set of dolphins either, but every set he owned; including the set that went with his dress whites. Also a tie clip, his "anchors" AND his belt buckle that he wore with his service uniform on the boat (a submarine is not a ship, but a BOAT) he was serving on when I was born - the USS Barbel. And one other thing, a oil painting done by a hugely talented cousin of mine of another boat my dad served on - the USS Trumpetfish.

    Here is Dad's gift to DH. We haven't found exactly the right shadowbox for them yet, but will soon. We pinned them all to this piece of cardboard for safekeeping. I blocked out my dad's name and service # for security.

    We are losing our WWII veterans at the rate of approx. 900 per day. There's a reason they have been called "The Greatest Generation". If you happen to meet a WWII veteran (or any veteran) this weekend, be sure to shake their hand and say thank you.

    Just wanted to share.


  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Awesome. My dad was a WWII Veteran who died in '97. He had several medals which faded from existence after he died. I've always wondered where they went and what they meant.
  3. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Songster

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    That is an amazing gift...an amazing heritage piece for your family...

    Priceless at best!!
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    That's very cool.


  5. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    A big salute to all of our men that served in WWII and Vietnam wars! You were blessed to have his medals. Cherish them forever!
  6. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    Thanks for sharing that.
    You must be so proud of both your men: Dad & DH [​IMG]

    My Dad passed away in 2009.
    He served as an infantryman in the Red Diamond Division of the ETO.
    He never spoke much about his years in service until he met my DH - a Korean War vet.
    When they spoke about their wartime experiences it made me realize just how much these soldiers gave.

    My Dad was awarded 4 Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. These are framed, along with the braid from his dress uniform and other service awards. My brother has this now and it is cherished.
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:One of these dolphins will be going back to my dad in the end, though we didn't discuss it with him.

    There was no way I was going to let them "disappear" and they would have.
    Last edited: May 20, 2011

  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Long after I would go to sleep at night my Dad and DH would stay up and Dad would tell DH war stories and some *ut hum* shore leave stories. DH has assured me there are some stories daughters are better off not hearing. [​IMG]

  9. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Very nice, Grits. I treasure family heirlooms that actually mean something. The rest is just stuff, but a piece of someone's heart and soul is very special. [​IMG]

  10. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    When Dad passed, the local color guard gave a 21 gun salute at the burial. The flag and the empty cartridges went to Mom. That meant a whole lot to her.

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