Remembering this weekend the service of others …
Originally posted on by L. D. Rose:
I, [L.D.] Rose, hereby state that I am terminating, on my own volition, my employment with the Douglas Aircraft Company, Inc., on this 3rd day of April 1942 for the reason hereinbelow set forth: Military Service—Voluntary Enlistment.
Among my father’s papers and files were his military service records. The first piece of paper, a simple half-sheet form, was the Employment Severance Notice from Douglas Aircraft. He was 21.
On the back of the form was a note.
And I know that I shall look for these things. I know that I shall never be the same as I was the days that have past.
It is something numb and bursting inside, like nothing within the compass of words. It is bitterly sad and jubilant and aches for a night and complete stillness it shall never know.
A sad, thin, stretching voice
A face that was a stranger to the…
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