Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day

Bill Bates, SWTSTC Lineman
Bill Bates, Editor, College Star
Bill Bates, Graduate
Lt. SG William Bates, USN
It is hard to believe that these pictures of my father, presented (I believe) in time order, span a period of less than about 10 years, from his college days to his service in W.W. II. War does things to people... if it doesn't kill them outright. Dad grew up in a terrible hurry, and coming from his family, he was never immature in the first place.

To all the American men and women who have grown up in a hurry through military service in our (IMHO) far too many wars, in generations past and in my own lifetime... I lift my glass to you. You have my thanks. May the heretofore endless wars at long last come to an end.


  1. I love these photos, Steve. What a terrifically smart and handsome fellow he was!

    1. Not surprised at all, Steve. Just that it's nice to have my memory refreshed.



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