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Tom "Homer" W. (#46801357)
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Bio Photo I discovered Find a Grave by accident soon after the death of our precious daughter, Marjorie. She was my first entry. I have added family members, friends, and others that I have no connection with but simply wanted to add them on these pages. I will have more of my family entered in the future. My wife and I are retired and we love it! I love riding the back-roads on my Harley and can't seem to ride past an old cemetery.....I love walking through them and find peace and quiet in them. Thanks so much to everyone that has placed notes, tokens, and have sponsored my memorials. God bless you all.

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Anne Beckman
On Pearl Harbor Day, Tom
Hi Tom,

I must say to you, "Hello on Pearl Harbor Day"

early, as tomorrow, I will be busy with going

to Mass, then a family gathering. My sister's

twins, James and Jackie, are turning 18 years old

tomorrow. We have not had a family-style b-day

party for them since they were this

will be their last Christmas b-day

before "leaving the nest" for college, it is

time for one. Oh, Lord... how did get so old,

so quickly? I feel like the parents in the film

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.."Is this the little girl I

carried? Is this the little boy at play? I

don't remember getting older...when did they?

Sunrise, the way, Bill and I had that

sung at our wedding, as our mothers took their

walks down the aisle.) Bill and I are giving

each twin $15. When they were born, it was a

high risk delivery, but no biggie, every twin

birth is...they were so tiny and jaundiced...

James was born first. When they were a few

months old, Aunt Annie, who was just working part

time, came over on Mondays (all we ladies had a

day) to help Mom. Jackie is going to a college

in Ohio, to be a nurse, a her mother and great

grandmother were/are. James, who is SUPER

DUPER smart, is still waiting to learn which

college will offer him a scholarship. (All of

them, I'll bet! I helped him with his college

entrance exams.) Finally, we are celebrating

the b-day of one of Theresa's sister-in-laws.

Back to Pearl Harbor Day: I am thinking of

the two brothers who were killed, that day, who

were neighbors of yours. (On Veterans' Day, I

saw a film on TCM, which, is entitled

THE FIGHTING SULLIVANS. (Or close to that.)

Based upon a true story, it is about 5 young men,

all brothers, who were in the navy, during WWII.

They pulled some strings to be on he same boat.

As the boat was attacked and in danger of

sinking, they made a great effort to stay

together, one of them being taken from sickbay

by two of the others. Every one of them perished.

After the war, a boat was named after them.

After the boat was christened by the mother, the

father said, "Our boys are sailing again." as

the boat began moving. The Navy's anthem,

"Anchor's Away" plays...and what does the viewer

see next, but the five brothers, in uniform,

standing and smiling, arm in arm, facing the boat

(the camera) the turning and walking back into

the sun and clouds, which all of God's warriors

know is His Peaceful Heaven. I've seen PEARL

HARBOR twice: SO REALISTIC, in it's digital

presentation! Also, some older TV film. Of

course, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. The actor Charles

Durning's account of his experience, which he

gave a few years ago, on PBS's Memorial Day

presentation was STAGGERING. I know he was in-

volved in the liberation of a concentration

camp, also. Of course, I am thinking of my

sweet Pops, my father's father, who fought in

the European Theater of WWII. He was shot in

one of his legs, during the battle at Bastogne,

France. He was awarded The Bronze Star...I wish

I knew exactly what for. He was so modest and

the memories must've been so terrible, he never

spoke of lest not to his grandchildren.

(However, he gave some facts to James, when he

was making a report.) As I saw some of the HBO


God... the blood on the snow and the beautiful

pine trees exploding. I final saw FROM HERE

TO ETERNITY, on TCM, last year. My dad was born

only 3 months and 4 days after Pearl Harbor.

I'm afraid I'm repeating myself...if I am, I do

apologize! I have you, my soldier and a friend

whose father fought in WWII, so I have written

about Pops and what WWII films I've seen, with-

out keeping track.

I went on Find A Grave, to tell Bob Hope I am

thinking of him and Pops.

You are so right... so many Americans do not

think of how BLESSED they are, to live here,

where they are FREE... I pray they will.

Friday was my December oncology appointment.

I've lost another 2 pounds! YIPPIEEEE!!!!

I do have an unfair advantage: my damaged

immunity system has to work harder to keep

me as warm and health as possible, during

the winter, so weight loss is easier for me

then, then or the average person. HOWEVER:

I DID control myself, on Thanksgiving (also

known as National Pig Out Day.) and in Brown

County. (All the walking in town, as we

Christmas shop is another actor.)

You are SORIGHT to tell me not to let things

beyond my control bother me. I am such a per-

fectionist...The Serenity Prayer helps with of New Year Resolutions is to not

take a lot of things so seriously.

Bill and I had a great time yesterday, seeing


as it is a gift from our realtor. (Last year

was FROZEN... whooeee, is that ever THE

merchandising tool, to give in ANY form, for

the kiddies, for Christmas! Bill and I, who

are big kids and each other's child, will

give each other OLAF, who is a very funny

snowman from FROZEN. (He is longing to

experience summertime, having no idea it will

make him MELT!) Also, we went to Hallmark.

I believe Santa Hubby bought me a Santa

ornament, there! On his sack, is in lovely

cursive, is "BELIEVE". Bill wants an old

fashioned Santa there and another beer stein...

this will be his third, from HM. We are nuts

over anything from there. Unfortunately, we

don't have the Hallmark channel.

Speaking of BELIEVE, we saw THE POLAR EXPRESS,

which we have on DVD. Have you seen it?

BELIEVING IN SANTA, and the SPIRIT of Christmas,

is the theme of this BRILLIANT (in every way!)

film...when Bill and I saw it, we CRIED...I had

not cried so much since the (surprise for me)

ending of TITANIC. If you wish, I'll tell you

what those "happy tears" scenes are.

Tomorrow, we're dropping off a baby blanket

and an outfit with a bath set and toiletries

for a girl, at church. This is done every

Christmas, for a parish on the rough side of

town. My soldier got his Thanksgiving box

and especially liked the Krispy Kreme pumpkin

pies, asking for more for Christmas! He also

likes cranberry sauce, so I got him some for

TG and Christmas. Finally, I bought him a set

of fishhooks and an ornament that is a fishing

pole with a fish, in Brown County. My husband,

the outdoorsman knew just where they were.

I took a nap I the afternoon (much needed: while

the film and lunch at TCB were SUPER, both were

NOISY...those action films for kids always are,

and we have yet to find a Cracker Barrell that is

not noisy. LOVE those baked apples and the

DARLING outfits for little girls, especially

at Christmas.

However it's LATE...I BELIEVE I must hit the

ol' sack.


Added by Anne Beckman on Dec 07, 2014 12:53 AM
Thanks so much for visiting my famiy's graves. My daddy was proud to have been a WW2 veteren of the Normandy Invasion on Omaha Beach.
Added by Anne on Dec 06, 2014 9:56 AM
RE: Re: Sgt Albert J. Miller
Thank you for the heads up, we'll check this out and update the memorial.
Added by PCD on Dec 04, 2014 9:59 AM
Anne Beckman
Hello and I hope you had a super Thanksgiving!

Bill and I had a busy one, but had a good time

with his family, then my friend and her family.

Brown County was super! More later! ANNE
Added by Anne Beckman on Dec 01, 2014 4:55 PM

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