My parents were born and raised in New Castle Pennsylvania; as a matter of fact they lived only two blocks from each other.
My dad served in World War II and the Korean War, and my mother stayed at home to take care of us, of course I wasn’t born yet, I’ll get to that later.
My dad was the oldest, he had three younger brothers and two sisters; my mother was the second of three sisters and one brother. So we had quite a large family. Holidays were always a busy time.
My Dad and His Brothers: Heroes in My Eyes
This is the ship that my dad served on; the USS Thurston was a troop transport carrier. I am sure you’ve seen these ships in movies; this ship carried and launched the small troop transports that carried the troops and supplies to the shore and into battle.
My dad and his three brothers; all of them were in the military at the same time, all serving their country proudly.
I don’t know what my grandparents were feeling, having all of your sons serving our country at the same time, but I’m sure there were many other families in the same situation.
Then the bad news, my dad’s youngest brother’s plane was shot down over Austria and he was missing in action.
My dad was home on leave in 1945 when the War Department came to the house, this time it was with good news. My uncle was a prisoner of war in Germany and was alive.
All seemed well after the war, until 1952 when my dad’s youngest brother was killed in a car accident, he was only 27 years old.
My mother and two of my aunts were all pregnant at the same time. My grandmother asked each of them if the first boy born could be named after her son.
In 1953 I was born and given my uncle’s name, Eugene Samuel Monaco. I’ve been proud of this all of my life.
My parents also made their home in New Castle, and we lived only three blocks for both sets of our grandparents. After being in Navy may dad worked and retired for the U. S. Post Office, so you could say that my dad worked for the government most of his life.
I have two brothers, one older and one younger so that makes me the middle child. My parents grew up through the Great Depression; my dad must have learned something from this because he was very thrifty.
I can always remember having everything we needed. We weren’t rich or even well off, just well provided for by two loving parents. As the saying goes; we had a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs, and always good food on the table.
My mother loved cooking, playing cards and going to bingo. I can remember my mother, grandmother and aunts going to bingo several nights a week.
When I was old enough sometimes I would go with them. To be honest with you I could never keep up playing all of those bingo cards, so my grandmother and mother would help me.
My dad loved sports, football, baseball, and basketball; whether it was on television or the radio he was watching or listening. My dad was also a great bowler, and loved his gardening. No my parents weren’t famous, or set any kind of world records, they did better than that, by creating a beautiful family for generations to come.
My brothers and I now have our own families with children and grandchildren.
We have so many memories, documents, and pictures. How do you organize and keep it safe, so all is not lost for future generations. It’s a huge task, but I want my grandchildren to know their family history. I’m in hopes that they will continue to carry it on.
These two people created and raised a beautiful family.
Myself, I choose the path of manufacturing; I work in the field of Industrial Engineering. I have a daughter, son, three beautiful grandchildren and one more on the way. My youngest brother also works in manufacturing as a CNC Programmer. He has a daughter and a son, but no grandchildren yet.
I miss them both dearly as I know my brothers do. I just wanted to have this little bit of family history documented.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR. SAM MONACO