1,000 Words: Soldier Boy

1947

1947

This is my dad.  He's only 17 years old in this photograph which was taken when he was in the Army.  I think he is very handsome, but there is also a kindness in his eyes and smile that reveal his true character.  Even as a very young man he had a pleasing countenance and a warm personality. One of the best things about this particular photograph is the notation on the back.  In my grandmother's handwriting it says, "Charles Houston Faulkner Jr. - US Army - June 1947 - A gift to his daughter Kelli."

Dad served in the Army during the Korean War.  I don't have a single memory of Dad talking about his time in the military.  Maybe my brothers do... I hope so.  Maybe it just wasn't something dads discussed with their daughters.  I have a feeling I just didn't care and that makes me very sad.  I wish I could go back in time and sit with him a while and ask him the questions that I have now.