Museum of the American Military Family Launches “Project Post Card!” Included as a reference is my father’s first post card sent home in 1936 while serving on the USS Tenneesee…

by | Sep 9, 2013

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Post Card Project
Operation Footlocker

Museum of the American Military Family…

“Our goal is to collect 500 postcards from Military Families, Service Members, Veterans, DODDS teachers and Brats…please participate in our Postcard Project. We’ve collected 50 so far!”



When researching and writing my book, I discovered an old post card from my Dad, Vernon, when he first Joined the US Navy in 1936.  Dad was just 17 years old at the time and several years away from being sent into combat during WWII.  The Battleship USS Tennessee (BB43) was his first sea duty assignment following boot camp at the US Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Il.

I am inspired to share this treasure and family legacy with my readers to remind us that the only way back then to communicate with loved ones at home was the US Mail, and the postcard in particular.  The Post Card Project launched by the Museum of the American Military Family is a great way to honor veterans in our past for they had little or no communications with loved ones while deployed.  The 21st Century provides instant voice, data, video, and graphic communications anytime, anywhere, and anyway.  But the written words on a special post card still touches my heart and is a wonderful way to keep loved ones posted with a historical handwritten record that can be treasured for a life time by future generations.  My father’s postcard is also healing to have as a symbol of his life as a young man in the US Navy traveling the world, seeing and experiencing adventure and cultures far different than St. Paul, Minnesota.  Dad talked about the first few years of his young life in the US Navy as the best time in his life.  I am happy to revisit and share a time when there was no war for my Dad and countless veterans of that time during the 1920’s to mid 1930’s following WWI.  There have been very few periods in the history of America where we can say there was no major conflict sending our youngsters into combat.  The year 1936, steaming around the Pacific aboard the USS Tennessee, was such a time…a peaceful period for America…

Steve Sparks
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Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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