Storage West is supporting Green Light A Vet throughout the company at our properties. We have asked our managers to tell us some of their thoughts about the military and some of their personal connections to veterans. This entry is from our Manager Annette Anderson.
On Dec. 7th, 1941, my Father was a sailor standing on a street corner in Honolulu waiting for a bus, south of Pearl Harbor. He witnessed that fateful day in history, firsthand! He would not have been there if he had not broken his ankle while sliding into a base, playing baseball. His ship was not in the harbor that day, because it was out at sea on maneuvers. My Father, Lt. Cmdr. Robert E. Pierce, Ret., retired in 1961 after 23 years of service in the US Navy.
Being raised a “Navy Brat”, was part of my life that I treasure! Not many people can say they lived on Guam and were able to attend kindergarten barefooted! Yes, we moved a lot, but it made you more outgoing.
Larry’s Father had been drafted into the Army at the beginning of the war but was selected to join the Army-Air Corps (the forerunner of the Air Force). He completed training as a bomber pilot and was based at La Junta in Colorado, but the war ended just before he was to be sent overseas. He had many wonderful lifelong friends from his time in the service.
Both of our Fathers have passed, but we fondly remember them for their service and their love of this country.
I hope this Veteran’s Day and every day, all Americans will remember those who served, and those who serve today and give so much of themselves! Thank you to the families who sacrifice the time away from their loved ones who serve this fantastic country we live in!
God bless the USA,
Annette & Larry