Sunday, May 26, 2019

Thinking of Uncle Marvin on Memorial Day

In December of 1941, Uncle Marvin Lee was having the time of his life. He was on the U.S. California stationed in Hawaii. He was 20 years old.

He looked like a movie star in the old pictures that he mailed home. On one, he was on what looked like a Vespa motorcycle.

Then on December 7, the unimaginable happened. He died before the war was ever declared.

I think of my Uncle Marvin Lee Ferguson often, Even though he died 10 years before I was born, I still think of him often. The pictures of him enjoying life in a beautiful place makes me smile until the tape in my head plays to the end.

Each Memorial Day, I take a few moments and love and gratitude to him and the other 416,800 Americans that died in that war.


  1. He was a hero and thanks for sharing his service here with us. Thanks to him and also to you for your service and all those heroes that gave their lives for our freedoms. I try to honor them all year.

  2. Yes my friend, and he would be proud to know someone remembers. It is amazing how many lives were permanently changed on that dreadful day. But this is what Memorial Day is for. Thanks for some insight.
    Sherry & jack

  3. PS: I love to see pictures of sailors in the old 'flat hat', makes me think of my brothers in the early 1940s.

  4. I usually write about my dad on Memorial Day, but I decided to let him rest in peace this year. Isn't it strange that one of these days no veterans of World War II will be alive? The survivors of the Holocaust will be gone, too. History that didn't seem far away when I was a kid is disappearing. We have to keep it alive.


  5. While he (and the other veterans) are remembered they are not gone.
    Thank you.

  6. Great post honoring our fallen. What a great photo!

  7. A good man who went too soon. You are keeping his memory alive.

  8. It is good that we have a day to remind us of all the service men and women who died to protect us and also those who made it home but are now gone.

  9. Your uncle was too young to die but it doesn't diminish that he was a hero, giving his life in the service of his country.

    Hugs, Julia


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