Army veteran and Purple Heart receipient Ford Carey still dreams about the time he spent fighting in Italy during World War II.
“I dream sometimes I’m over there and I don’t know my way back home,” he said. “And I study about it sometimes at night before I go to sleep.”
Though he’s never forgotten the war, it wasn’t something he talked about much for many years, being raised in an age where one often kept their feelings and thoughts to themselves.
His niece, Lillian Chandler, remembers the Memorial Day years ago when she and her sister, Susan Young, took carnations around to veterans in the area.
“That was the first day Uncle Ford opened up about some of his experiences during the war,” Chandler said. “It was something he’d just never talked about much. It was fascinating.”
Chandler also remembers reading letters Carey sent her mother (his sister), Hester Sartain, during the war.
He was a married 24-year old man with an 18-month old son when Army draft papers arrived on his farm in Shiloh with orders for him to report to Fort McPherson in East Point. From there he sent by train to Fort Hancock in New Jersey for training.
“When we left (Georgia) on that train and then got off in New Jersey, it was snowing and cold and some of those 18-year old young boys were squalling like babies,” Carey remembers.
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