In on of Veterans' Day I thought that I would share this photograph
of my grandpa during WWII.
My grandpa, Shirley Neel, joined the U.S. Navy in 1945. He was
stationed on the U.S.S. Henderson DD-785. This ship was a screen
ship for escort carriers in Hawaiian waters from November 7, 1945
until April 23, 1946. During this time the ship also conducted
experimental sonar tests with submarines.
What I love about this photograph is that it captures this young
man from a small town in Utah on his adventure of a lifetime.
You can see it in his smile as he looks up into the sun.
Grandpa Neel was a great example of patriotism to me.