Greetings on this day, which will remind some of our families to recall the historical information of their family, by researching the military records of their ancestors, as today was the first day of our service personnel entering into what is listed as the Battle of Midway, starting on June 4, 1942.

Greetings on this day, which will remind some of our families to recall the historical information of their family, by researching the military records of their ancestors, as today was the first day of our service personnel entering into what is listed as the Battle of Midway, starting on June 4, 1942.

I am sure that some of you readers that are my age, will recall your brothers going off to war, and shipped out to a place that had never been heard of, with be it being listed as the 1942 Battle of Midway.

This takes me back to listening to my brother tell about him and his troop working on the Panama Canal, which would enable our military ships to return to the southwestern section of the United States.

As I was thinking about my brother’s tour in that part of the world, I recalled my trip through the Panama Canal. As our ship was passing through, I stood out on deck to observe it, and also view the opening of the canal for our ship to enter. As I looked down, it looked like only a few inches between the wall and of our vessel. This recalled some of my brother’s stories about how he and some of the other troops had to manually work on making that canal opening, and how hot it was in a jungle type of weather. This took me to my albums of my tour and trip to the South American countries and area, which I took in 1996, as a chaperone with my lifetime friend, Wilma Scarberry Norris, the mother of the famous television star, Carlos (Chuck) Norris. I was also her private nurse, as a licensed practical nursing graduate.  She and her sister, Gladys, liked to play the slot machines but I liked to stay on the top deck and watch the scenery, and then, the moon and stars. They went to bed early, but I liked the midnight buffet and meeting the other passengers. I also liked being with people from all over the United States, and in a group, trying to learn a new dance.

I am sitting here, laughing to myself, recalling some of those dance steps. I never did master any, lol, but had a lot of fun with different partners.  The entertainment was outstanding, and evening hours were formal dress, on the ship, Legend of the Seas. At the evening meal, the captain of the ship invited a different guest to join him at the captain’s table, which was a nice experience, to listen to him about his travels and his career. He was from New York, but had lost that accent, as he had lived all over the world, working for different companies. He shared how he was about ready to retire and stay put in one place, as he said he had apartments in several different places, such as one in New York, one in Costa Rica, and one in Los Angeles. He shared how his job had cost him the loss of his family, by being gone most of the time.  I always enjoyed all of our stops, such as the small island of St. Thomas, and touring the Port of St. Thomas. It was very mountainous, but such beautiful scenery.

Well, enough of that cruise, for now, as maybe will share some more moments and stops in a later column.

Have a great week with family and friends.

Psalms 19:1- The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”