Schooling with Uncle Sam… Quote from this website article…Museum of the American Military Family…
“Our evacuation from the Panama Canal was a terribly sad and sudden thing. As we approached the time that we were to leave, my father’s demeanor changed to a terse and commanding presence. It was time to be soldiers. When I think back now, it explains why he acted this way. A barrage balloon hovered over the house, tethered not far away. Piles of sand were placed near our back door to help extinguish fire from incendiary bombs. The entire family was issued gas masks. I was informed of a stash of emergency items in a compartment in the kitchen (in case my parents were out of the house during an attack.)”
Posted: June 9, 2015
MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY TO SHOW THE STORY OF SCHOOLS ON U.S. BASES AROUND THE WORLDSpecial Exhibit Opens July 11 in Albuquerque
“We [often] woke up in the middle of the night to Dad’s nightmares reliving his combat experiences in the South Pacific while serving in the US Navy in WWII. My parents would fight well into the evening hours making it difficult to go to sleep. Mom did all she could do to just get through each day. We siblings became a secondary priority, and were mostly neglected, except we always had food on the table.
…School was one of the only escapes during the day. We felt isolated and ashamed like we were always doing something bad or looked stupid to others. There was little or no encouragement or support at home for our schoolwork because of the challenges of our parents in dealing with their own issues. We didn’t talk about our experiences at home to other kids for fear of the consequences of our parents finding out.
We lied to teachers and coaches when they asked questions concerning our own sad and angry behaviors. We moved often so were unable to make lasting friendships that made a difference…”