There are ever so many photos of himself as an infant as it seems everyone had their photo taken with him. His story though does wend twisted ways as his parents divorced, his dad enlisting in the Navy without mentioning he left behind a wife and by that time two babes. However after all these years around MIL I can well imagine waking up some morning as the tale goes and saying, " I am out of here." Jerry's mother is a tale of someone who should never have had the responsibility of children; she had neither skill, education, nor sense to make good decisions. It is a tale told in novels ad nauseum, a woman several bricks short of a full load, but able to reproduce.
|Jerry 1938 held by Dad,|
next to grandfather Morrison
This next photo is one of the few he has with his father. Notice the cigarettes that both Morrison's are using. The Morrison family doted on Jerry as he was the 3rd with the name Gerald, but his mother, true to her lifelong selfish nature managed to keep that relationship at a distance, denying him that lineage. Recently cleaning out her things, we found a postcard that the father had sent to Jerry from Racine, WI in 1940 further proof that all those years when she said there had been no contact, she was not being truthful. Jerry was astounded when he saw that last year. What would you think when you suspected and now had proof that your mother lied to suit herself? There was never any relationship with his father who became an alcoholic and was married and divorced again; dying a pauper.
This alienation reminds me of the life of my Uncle John whose son was taken by the maternal grandparents when his wife died and John would see the boy no more; however John went on in life. It is amazing how one person can screw up so many lives. After her husband left her, she moved back home and Jerry's maternal grandparents raised him; his grandpa Charley Behrndt was his role model, old farmer and hard worker that he was. Sill Jerry adored Charley and the feeling was mutual.
|Jerry about 4 years old on the farm|
|Jerry at Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, AX|
With old #554 same plane the crew flew on