On Veterans Day: Memorabilia from My Father, the WWII Veteran

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Harry Jewell, center, with buddies on a tank in northern Italy, 1945.

My father was a World War II veteran. Veterans of these battlefields of the last century are now bowed men in their eighties and nineties speaking hesitantly about their colleagues and their service a lifetime ago in the killing fields of Europe and Asia.

Dad served his country mostly in Italy during World War II, and he was a hero of the American variety—putting his life on the line to save the world, and spending his life to serve his family, assuring their well-being in so many ways. We owe our nation to these men, because of their moral strength, their youthful sacrifices, and their country-building ethic. Dad died 10 years ago, alive now with the Lord.

I am the ‘curator’ of his wartime memorabilia, a collection of photos, medals, ribbons, notes, a Bible, mugs, foreign coins and bills, etc.

Here are photos of a few of the worn black and white photos, as well as shots of the Bible he received the day he entered the U.S. Army, May 15, 1943. Also a page from his travel notes.

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Captured German soldiers, Italy 1945

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Harry Jewell, 1945 (5th Army, 34th Division, 135th Infantry)

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Dad, without shirt in the center, with his comrades during a break at the Anzio Beachhead, 1945.

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Dad, 1945, a little sightseeing in Italy

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Flyleaf of the bible Dad was given on his first day in the Army.

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This is pretty amazing. The White House endorses this effort by the Gideons!

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Dad’s commitment to Christ, in the back of his new Bible, May 15, 1943

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Notes on a bad night: April 27, 1945. It got better the next day. This is the week before the Germans surrendered Italy.

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About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group (www.valcort.com). Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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