Our Veterans, Ralph and Vern – Monday, Nov.11, 2019

Yesterday on Facebook my niece Jane Keeter Smith posted this picture of her Dad, Ralph Smith:

Ralph Smith – U.S. Army

After Ralph graduated from Cal in 1953, he entered the US Army.

Ralph was working for the State in Sacramento when I started teaching at Sac State in September of 1957. He and Joan were engaged by then. He would come home to the East Bay on weekends and gave me a ride to my new job in Sacramento. He lived in midtown Sacramento and walked to work so, he didn’t use his car during the week. I didn’t have a car, so he let me use his until I bought a car.

Also, today I am remembering veteran Vern Chase, husband of my close friend Barbara Chase who lives in Edmonds, WA. Vern was a navy veteran who died on Veteran’s Day one year ago today.

When I was growing up, Nov.11th was called Armistice Day in commemoration of the Allies and Germany signing a ceasefire on Nov.11, 1918 ending World War I. In 1954 Congress changed the name to Veterans Day honoring the veterans of all US wars.


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