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Hear what it was like to join the United States Navy in 1955, when American optimism was high, gas cost 29 cents per gallon, and Dwight D. Eisenhower conducted the first televised presidential news conference. In letters home to his parents my father narrated a mid-century sailor's experience, from boot camp to the Western Pacific. If you enjoy nostalgia, military history, or memoirs, this is the podcast for you. I'm Elaine, Ken's daughter, and this is my father's story. Join me weekly as I read Dad's letters, and please write soon!

Dear Folks: Letters Home from the Navy Elaine

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Hear what it was like to join the United States Navy in 1955, when American optimism was high, gas cost 29 cents per gallon, and Dwight D. Eisenhower conducted the first televised presidential news conference. In letters home to his parents my father narrated a mid-century sailor's experience, from boot camp to the Western Pacific. If you enjoy nostalgia, military history, or memoirs, this is the podcast for you. I'm Elaine, Ken's daughter, and this is my father's story. Join me weekly as I read Dad's letters, and please write soon!

    S1:E5: The Rest of Boot Camp "I'm real happy because we found out where we're going"

    S1:E5: The Rest of Boot Camp "I'm real happy because we found out where we're going"

    With Service Week behind him, Dad goes firefighting and rowing boats out on the lake, gets a few more liberties, marches in another Chicago parade, does not enjoy the climate, and at long last finds out where he's going to be stationed after graduating from boot camp!  

      


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    • 17 min
    S1:E4: Service Week "Our company commander warned us that we'd better not do any drinking"

    S1:E4: Service Week "Our company commander warned us that we'd better not do any drinking"

    Dad goes on Service Week, gets his first liberty, and wonders if he should take communion and get a tattoo. He hopes to find out soon if he gets into Electronics school and that he gets stationed in San Diego after boot camp. It sure is hot at Great Lakes, and firefighting and rowing on the lake are coming up!           
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    • 17 min
    S1:E3: Camp Dewey "We went through the gas chamber on Tuesday"

    S1:E3: Camp Dewey "We went through the gas chamber on Tuesday"

    Dad looks forward to his first liberty, goes through the gas chamber, and won't get to march in parades with the drum and bugle corps because he'll be on Service Week  
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    • 15 min
    S1:E2: Great Lakes Naval Station "The Navy must have plenty of beans on hand..."

    S1:E2: Great Lakes Naval Station "The Navy must have plenty of beans on hand..."

    Dad moves from Camp Barry to Camp Dewey. does a lot of marching with his rifle, and buys a pillowcase at the PX. So far this Navy life isn't exactly what he expected, but he's starting to get letters from home and he has a buddy. Did he mention he's in...

    • 21 min
    S1:E1: Off to Boot Camp

    S1:E1: Off to Boot Camp

    In this episode, Dad leaves Colorado to join the Navy, has to give up his hair oil and arrives bootside. He's in the Navy now!     

    • 12 min
    Dear Folks Season 1 Trailer

    Dear Folks Season 1 Trailer

    Trailer for season 1 of Dear Folks: Letters Home from the Navy. In season 1, I read my Dad's letters he wrote home to his family from boot camp after leaving his small down in Colorado in 1955.     
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    • 2 min

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LaraJF ,

The occasional tear and a lot of laughter

I’ve been hearing bits and pieces of these letters home. I’m so glad they’re now in a podcast and I can hear the whole letter! What I love is that it reminds me we were all young once. And it’s a joy to see the world through the eyes of a teenager in the 50’s. I’ve got questions for my father who is the same age.
Sign up and listen to a few. It’s nice to sneak a peek into the past while walking. And see how things have not changed much.

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