Hi everyone! It’s Pauline and I’m so excited that you stopped by Inspiration Station today to share a creative moment with me. With Veterans Day just a couple of days away, I’d like to start off by saluting all veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice for our country.
There are quite a few veterans in my family, including both my husband and dad. I’ve struggled with making a layout of my dad’s service as part of a heritage album for a while. When I was growing up my dad didn’t really talk about his military service and he passed away at an early age. I had a lot of unanswered questions and lacked information about his time in the military.
I found some resources in my search that I want to share with you today. They helped me obtain information, pictures, and unknown details about my dad’s service. Did you know that if you are a descendant of a veteran and have their social security number, you can request their military records from the National Personnel Records Center? I sent in a request several years ago and received the records about a month later. The records were a treasure trove of information. They included duty stations, rank, service classification, and medals and awards. I learned his ship served in a combat zone during the Korean War, something I didn’t know previously.
A short time later I mentioned my search to my brother-in-law, a fellow Navy veteran. He told me about Navy cruise books, a yearbook of sorts for the crew of a particular cruise. I searched online for Navy cruise books by ship for the years of my dad’s service. I found group pictures of my dad with his company and a candid shot of him cleaning the deck.
With this information and one of the few pictures I had of him in his Navy uniform, I finally had enough information for a layout. I wanted to keep the layout simple to keep the focus on his service, so I just used some red and blue cardstock mounted on the blue star paper from the Authentique Freedom collection (a Throwback Thursday for long time students of the Latest & Greatest classes, it was featured in class several years ago) along with some Thickers stickers from American Crafts and an anchor charm I’d kept from a candle I bought a few months ago (yes, I keep the charms from everything I buy as a possible future embellishment!). I journaled his service information from the personnel records and I’ve captured all the details for future generations.
Thanks for dropping by Inspiration Station today! I hope I’ve inspired you with some resources to help document the service of veterans in your life.