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"IN MEMORY OF MY MOM"

MY MOM

GERTRUDE E. (RICHARD) HOWE
Jan.27,1903 - Apr.21,1988

This photo is of my Mom just a month before she died at the age of 88.
"Gig" as she liked to be called by friends was almost always smiling and most often had some
sort of a witty saying to add to a conversation.
She loved and lived life to it's fullest extent.
Mom loved to play old time songs on the piano and have
'sing-a-longs'... she, in her younger days worked in large department and
music stores playing the piano to sell their sheet music.
She was also a 'French interpreter' as many Canadians
were moving into Salem Massachusetts.
She was the youngest of 7 children born to Joseph & Matilda (McInnis) Richard
who both immigrated from Prince Edward Island, Canada to Salem.
Mom had 6 children (last one died at 6 mos. of age)...
I was her 4th child after a 7 year gap between the 1st three.

"Mom, I miss you but we will meet again..I love you!!"





SUBMARINE INSIGNIA

"In Memory Of My Oldest Brother"

USN INSIGNIA MY BROTHER SHORTY USN INSIGNIA
[ Dolphins & USN Insignia's by my son Ray..thanks hon.]

SUBMARINE SERVICE INSIGNIA
[ Submarine Service Insignia ]

USN GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL AMERICAN DEFENSE MEDAL (HAS 1 STAR,WHEN I LEARN HOW TO PUT IT ON) AmericanCampaign
Good Conduct  Amer. Def.     Amer. Campaign
ASIA-PACIFIC MEDAL VICTORY MEDAL 1941-1945 NATIONAL DEFENSE MEDAL
AsiaPacific      Victory      National Defense
SUBMARINE SERVICE PIN
Service Pin (Subs)

"Shorty" has numerous service stars on the above ribbons,
unfortunately I have no source to place them on their respective ribbons.

GEORGE  E. "SHORTY" HOWE
Chief Torpedoman
U.S.N. (SUBMARINE SERVICE) 1941 TO 1965

A native of Salem, Massachusetts, 'Shorty' joined the Navy in 1941 (pre-Pearl Harbor).
After the second time he volunteered for submarines he received orders for Sub School.
Chief Torpedoman "Shorty" Howe served his country in it's time of need.
He served well and with honor.
He stepped beyond the call of duty into
the hazardous duty of Submarines during WWII.
He was one of the chosen few, for his temperment,
physical fitness, knowledge, fortitude and ability
to be a part of all that constituted the crewing of a Submarine in war time.
During WWII he served in S-37, S-38, S-42, and The Narwhal (out of Australia).
Gunner Howe later served in CHOPPER and SHAD which he brought to Salem.
The SHAD served as SubDiv11 station ship at the Naval Reserve Center, Derby Wharf.
He was station keeper training reservists for several years.
He also served on ANGLER, RAYMOND (a DE) and CONGER.

He commissioned the USS THOMAS A. EDISON (SSBN-610) and held leading duties
in her, changing from Gunners Mate to Torpedoman.
He received a personal citation from Admiral Grenfell after EDISON's second patrol.
Shorty retired in 1965, not one to slow down in retirement,
he was instrumental in setting up the Bay State Chapter of U.S. SubVets,
WWII and served as COB and President of that Chapter.

Shorty went on Eternal Patrol at age of 72.
An outstanding sailor, he volunteered and served
in the highest tradition of the "Silent Service".

He is dearly missed.

SUBMARINE INSIGNIA

SAILOR REST YOUR OAR

SUBMARINE INSIGNIA



"IN MEMORY OF MY ONLY SISTER"

MY SISTER LORRAINE

LORRAINE G. (HOWE) JOHNSON
July 16,1923 - Sept.29,1969


This was taken at Forest River Park in Salem, MA.
Many families frequented it for pinic's and swimming.
"Lorrie" as most called her was a jovial gal with personality galore.
She was my Mom's 2nd child, 9 years older than me.
She was like a "Little Mom" to me and I loved her dearly.
She died at age 45 and left two grown daughters...
Marion and Janice.
She, as my other deceased family members are truly missed.
"LOVE 'YA SIS"



"A PROUD TRIBUTE TO MY 2ND OLDEST BROTHER"

MY BROTHER PAT

[USN insignia's by my son Ray..thanks hon.]

USN GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL AMERICAN DEFENSE MEDAL (HAS 1 STAR,WHEN I LEARN HOW TO PUT IT ON) AmericanCampaign EuropeAfricaMediterrainian
Good Conduct     American Def.      American Campaign     Eur.-Afr.-Med
ASIA-PACIFIC MEDAL VICTORY MEDAL 1941-1945 NATIONAL DEFENSE MEDAL KOREAN SVC.(UN)
Asia-Pacific       Victory     National Defense.     Korea Svc(UN)

EARL  R. "PAT" HOWE
BM 1/c USN (Ret.)
1945 - 1965

In 1944 "Pat" tried to join the Navy...they turned him down...
so he went to the US Maritime Academy (U.S.M.S.) at Sheepshead Bay, NY.
After completion of training he got out and THEN the Navy let him enlist.
He served in WWII (in the Atlantic Fleet and was in
many Naval battles), the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
During Korea, among other things he would pilot small landing craft's
into shore with troops aboard.
After he retired, he worked for the Navy at Agana, Guam and was
branch President of the 73 Fleet Reserve Asso. 'Club Neptune'
at Nimitz Hill in Guam. He now resides there with his family.

"IN MEMORY OF MY KID BROTHER"

MY KID BROTHER CHAMP

A 3/c Edward H."Champ" Howe
U.S. Air Force
July 16, 1951 - June 25, 1954 (Active)


AF GOOD CONDUCT RIBBON NATIONAL DEFENSE RIBBON KOREA SERVICE MEDAL (2 STARS) KOREA SERVICE MEDAL (UN)
AF Good Conduct* Nat.Defense* KorSvc.Med.(2 stars)* KorSvc.(UN)

"Champ" and I were 16 months apart in age.
We grew up in very hard times and a broken family,
but we survived 'thanks be to God'!!
We both were in separate foster homes throughout our early teens, but always in touch.
Married with a small son, my former husband
consented to letting me send for "Champ", after which time
I got custody of him at 16 years of age.
When he turned seventeen he asked if I would sign him into the Air Force...
I was quite hesitant as the Korean War was going on..
God forbid if I lost my kid brother to it.
He kept after me until finally I gave in.
He went off to basic and I cried when he left on the plane.
Oh, I was proud of him but none the less fearful!!

After basic training "Champ" was sent to Korea where
he received two battle stars on his Korean Medal.

He returned stateside and was sent to Biloxi Miss.,
until his discharge in '55.
"Champ" returned to Massachusetts after staying with me awhile, and then married.
He had one daughter and he named her after me.. an honor for sure.

He suffered a "fatal" heart attack at the age of 39, and to this day I find it hard to comprehend.

**"My Brother, My Buddy, My Friend"... how dearly you are missed !! **





"IN MEMORY OF FRAN"

FRAN

FRANCES E. (BROWN) LONG
1932 – 1996

A long time friend but more like a sister.
This pic of Fran was taken at her bench at General Electric in Lynn, Mass.,
working on a jet engine part, to make it 'cosmetically perfect'.

Fran lost her Mom and Dad when she was in her teens.
Being the youngest of 6 children and the fact that they were all
married with family (exception: Doris passed away as a teenager),
Fran decided to join the Air Force during the Korean conflict.
Her brother Joe signed as guardian for her.
She was sent to Lackland AFB for training. Her training was nearly
complete when she developed an ear problem.
She reported to the base hospital and the doctor there while
doing what he had to do (??), "punctured" her eardrum.
After which time the Air Force gave her an Honorable discharge
with medical conditions. She put up a good 'fight' to stay in the WAFS but to no avail.

She came to live with our family after a failed marriage.
She ended up living with the family for 34 years (1962-1996).
My Mom & sons loved her, and the love was reciprocal.

Both Fran and I worked for GE, she as a bench worker and I
as a jet engine assembler. After 15 plus
years at G.E. we retired at age 62.
Upon retiring my sons convinced me to move Arkansas, Fran decided to move with us.

In late September of ’96 Fran took ill.
I found her on the living room floor in some type of seizure,
with my dog Shadow watching over her. I placed a
911 call and she was rushed to the hospital.
They did a 'brain scan' immediately and the results were bad,
she had "brain cancer." that had metastasized.
She refused ‘chemo’ and was given 'strong' pain medication to make her comfortable.
The doctor gave her 6 months to live, however she only lived
6 weeks and never once complained or said "Why me?".
I kept her at home and gave her "home health care",
day and night until she died.
She was an excellent patient and accepted her fate.

Fran succumbed on November 6, 1996 with her niece and myself by her bedside.

"May God rest and bless her soul."
You are deeply missed by all, Fran.



ME...JULES

Julie (Jules)



I am not one to have my photo taken (break too many camera's) :-))
This snapshot was taken about 20 yrs. ago and except for a few more gray hairs and wrinkles...
it's me your 'webmistress' the creator of these pages.
I am a "happy-go-lucky plain Jane" woman and I love my family
and true friends dearly, and as you have seen, I am very patriotic....
I love GOD, family and my Country!!
I truly hope you enjoy this and all my pages, and I thank you for visiting.




The following poem was done in cross stitch..framed
and given to me by my daughter (in-law) Deborah (my oldest son's wife).
I treasure it greatly!!


Our Mother

You are the Mother I received
the day I wed your son.
And I just want to thank you Mom
for the things that you have done.
You have given me a gracious man
with whom I share my life.
You are his lovely Mother and
I his lucky wife.
You used to pat his little head
and now I hold his hand.
You raised in love a little boy
then gave to me a man.




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