Monday, May 28, 2012

It's Not a Battleship at War

"To open a shop is easy, to keep it open an art." - Chinese Proverb

"If making a profit were easy, everyone would be doing it." - Roy H. Williams

My grandfather, who founded Toy House in 1949, served on the USS Arkansas Battleship during World War II.  68 years ago today he was training for D-Day.  67 years ago today he was preparing for Okinawa.  His tour of duty aboard the Arkansas was his first ever experience on a boat of any kind.  Yet, before his tour ended he earned his way up to being Officer of the Deck Underway (OOD), in other words, the top person in charge of the ship at sea.  

"Once you have been OOD on a battleship during wartime, well... everything else seems pretty easy in comparison." - Phil Conley

Thanks for putting it all in perspective, Gramps.

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

-Phil Wrzesinski
www.PhilsForum.com

PS  I interviewed my grandfather on a couple occasions and am currently working on a book about some of the more interesting stories in our history and some of the lessons we have learned along the way.

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