My Values

Tuesday was the 72nd anniversary of the invasion of France by Allied armies. Seventy two years ago this past week was the Battle of Midway where the planes from three American carriers destroyed four of the Japanese carriers that had attacked Pearl Harbor on the previous December 7th. My father was principal of a rural school (grades 1 through 11) and we had a short wave radio. When school was not in session, I had little to do but listen and ride my bike around the school yard. I was able to listen to DNB, the German short wave radio as well as some stations in the U.S. l had been able to keep up with the war from its beginning.

The excited reports of the battle of Midway and the Invasion of France were not only fascinating, but laid the basis for my understanding of what was to become the history of the times in which l grew up. In the summer of 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea. To avoid the draft I volunteered (or was volunteered by an admiral) for the navy and upon graduation spent two years on active duty.

Much of the values which have shaped my life have been shaped by the total process of war: sense of duty

  1. #1 by Terry Jackson on June 14, 2017 - 4:20 pm

    I’m always so moved by your posts and remembrances. Thank you. I’ve recently been aware of how much I have engrained the value of working hard and doing your best. I grew up in a working class family who didn’t have much at all, and that was always the message. Give your best effort. Work hard. That has defined my life, much as your sense of duty and love of education has shaped yours.

    • #2 by John Boswell on July 10, 2017 - 1:37 pm

      Terry, I always appreciate hearing from you and hope you continue to stay in touch. I am late posting this week’s blog due to Washington baseball and car inspections, etc. At 85 I am especially delighted with friends who keep up with me.

  2. #3 by Terry Jackson on July 13, 2017 - 3:30 pm

    I do check on up on you more frequently than you may realize!! I think you are remarkable at any age, and inspire me to remain energetic and engaged, no matter what I am doing.

    To update you, I have successfully defended my PROPOSAL, have a research site, am awaiting IRB approval, and hope to gather data in August. It’s all finally coming into some focus, and I have appreciated your words of wisdom and encouragement along the way more than you know….THANK YOU!

    Have you heard anything recently from your former student and colleague, Mike Castleberry? I know he retired and had planned a move to California to be closer to grandchildren. I think of him often as well…. Your former student from GW, Terry

    • #4 by John Boswell on July 15, 2017 - 2:23 pm

      Terry, We took Michael to lunch about 5 years ago and despite his “it’s my turn next” we never heard anything from him. He was my student and we always remained on close terms though that didn’t mean we didn’t lose sight of him for substantial lengths of time.

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