A Tribute to my Parents

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We were just your average family living in small town America.  This is a picture of my mom and dad on their wedding day August 19th, 1943. They were married while my dad was in the Navy.
Mom and Dad Wedding photo

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

USS ThurstonThis 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.

Mom and Dad My oldest brother is now retired and worked in education all of his life. He has three beautiful daughters and four wonderful grandchildren.

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.


I like to write about things that I know about. My passion for a good cigar, our family recipes, television, movie reviews, travel, and product reviews. The products I review are goods that I own and have used. I’m a Industrial Engineer working in the automotive business. When I’m not working or writing I spend as much time with my beautiful grandchildren as I can, Bobby, Tyler, and Giada. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy 🙂


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  1. Such a wonderful tribute, Sam, and inspirational.

    Both my parents are still with us and it has made me realize that I need to pay tribute too.

    I don’t know how it will turn out yet, but it’s high time that I tried 🙂

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  2. What a wonderful story Sam. This is indeed a tribute to your parents. It´s nice to know more about you. Enjoy the weekend with your family. Take care.

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  3. Sam this is a beautiful story and tribute to your parents. In those days we never gave a thought to doing our duty for our country; we just did it. What a wonderful thing that you have so much information on your family. I’m sure your children and theirs, and so on, will cherish this story. Well done, Sam.

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    • Nancy, Thank you for your beautiful comment. I do want to preserve this, and I thought why not write about it. Thanks Again 🙂

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