Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day: My Grandfather's Story

Happy Veterans Day!  Last year, you may remember that I shared information about some brave female veterans who had been largely unremembered in history until recently.  Today on Veterans Day I honor my grandfather who I lovingly called Pappy.

His story, his bravery, and his selflessness inspire me and make me proud to be a part of my family. Kermit John Rodger served as a Seabee aboard an aircraft carrier, the USS Antietam, during World War II.

He wanted to help his country so much that he enlisted exactly on the day of his 18th birthday, April 5, 1945. Barely 18 years old. Can you imagine? So young, yet so willing to go off to war; to the unknown; to potentially lose his life.  When he returned from the war, Pappy received his diploma from his high school because he had been called to serve our country before the school year ended. It's really pretty astonishing to consider, especially since the voting age was 21 at the time. These men fought for their country, yet they couldn't vote. Wow.

Here's my Pappy with his ship.

His senior picture from the yearbook

I'm proud that my ancestors fought for our country in so many conflicts from the Revolutionary War to World War II. I'm grateful for their selflessness and service.  I love you, Pappy!

Thank you to all service members who serve our country and the families who wait for them at home. Although we honor our veterans today on Veterans Day, these brave men and women are always in our hearts every day of the year.

Happy Veterans Day! Who are you honoring today? 



  1. I love family history, Bethany! I know you are proud! Happy Veteran's Day. Today would have been my mom's birthday but she passed away at age 57 14 years ago from cancer. Hope you have a great time in Florida!

  2. My father has hidden his picture from boot camp which I think is a shame. My grandmother has everyone else's.



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