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In honor of Corporal William Thomas, Marine Corps - Served in World War II
Hometown: Bridgeport, Connecticut
(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Peg Thomas)

This is to my Dad, William, who died when I was 9 years old--he was 37. I don't remember much about him; my mother quickly married because there were 4 girls and no income. That wasn't such a great decision for me.  So my dad was always my secret dad. And even after almost everything about him was put away, the things that seemed to come seeping out were photos from the Marines, pictures of China on very tiny sepia photos, Walnuts with thousands of people carved into them, and iron lion bookends. My father was born in Wales, arrived from Wales to Ellis Island at a young age, and died at 37.  And so I guess it is fitting that his most documented and memorable years were from when he was in the Marines having adventures and protecting us all. Thanks dad for being valiant.

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