Max Boschke

Each Memorial Day I think of my Grandpa, Max Richard Boschke. While he didn't die in battle (he passed away in 2005), he was a proud US Navy Veteran who served his country aboard the USS Essex from 1943 to 1945 during World War II. He had met my Grandma shortly before he left to serve at 22 years old, and like many romances at the time, it developed over letters and visits back home. I think about what he gave up to fight for his country, what he went through as such a young man... and the hundreds of thousands of others who did the the same.  May we never forget that freedom isn't free...thank you to all of those who continue to serve, and a special thank you to those who have paid the ultimate price.


The Dainty Dolls House said...

Happy Memorial Day doll, such a charming photo....wars are horrible...but we must always make sure freedom is available for all people!! Real bravery is so rare!! Have a great day xx

Rachel Lynne said...

How sweet of you to remember your grandpa and honor him with this post. Thank you for all he did, and it is very important to remember that freedom truly is not free.

RedTagChicLosAngeles said...

Awwww the whole clan must be so proud of him....have a lovely Memorial Day Heather!


Kim Alston said...

This is awesome Heather! Your grandfather was so dapper! I salute him and his service to our country. Beautiful post doll.

Agnes Mayer said...

What a great photo and yes thank you all those who paid the price. I lost my friend almost 4 years ago this Christmas in Afghanistan.



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FitTravelerAJ said...

How awesome that you still have a picture of your grandfather when he was so young! I love that relationships had to grow by letters and visits instead of Facebook. LOL. Happy Memorial Day!


Love and Ace said...

He was so handsome - thank you to your grandpa and all the other young men that served our country. Happy Memorial Day! x, Kat

Love and Ace

Kamilla K said...

Wow, that's so great that you have such a great picture left of him! And yes, it's crazy to think how many people gave up their lives so that we could live in freedom.

Sophisticated Lace

arayofsunblog.com said...

This is so moving, my grandfather was a Vet too.
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Joules said...

What a great post! Bless your grandfather.

And also, since this is a fashion blog, I have to say that I love his coat! :)

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Sam said...

This was wonderful to hear and makes this holiday even more special for you!

Ashleigh said...

That picture says SO much. My Grandpa fought in Vietnam and it was the same way with him and my Grandma. I respect our service men so much. Happy Memorial day!

Karen Curtis said...

Thank you for sharing. I give so much thanks for the members of our armed forces and their families. My cousin was at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed. There was so much history that was passed along as a result of his service. My father and all of her brothers were also in the military. Proud to be an American!