Sunday, August 21, 2011

Greatest Generation Came Out Fighting

I recently visited my Dad at Willamette National Cemetery.  I tend to think that when I die, that'll be it - over and out; but that's not what my Dad believed, so just in case it's a "chose your own adventure" situation, I stop by from time to time.  I have much more to say about that topic, but theories about the possibilities of an afterlife have to take a back seat to my Dad's neighbor, a guy who completely stole my attention.

The guy was born December 1942 and yet he still saw action.  Considering the Germans surrendered in May 1945, and Japan surrendered in September 1945, Mr. Christensen wasn't quite three years-old and he was a fighter.  Greatest Generation, indeed.

Perhaps someone filled out the form wrong, and listed the date Mr. Christensen enlisted in the Army instead of his date of birth.  Still, how did it get this far?  What's the story here?

I have a few theories that reach beyond bureaucratic mistake.  My favorite is that it's some sort of Jason Bourne / Captain Jack Harkness situation.

Also puzzling, "Together Forever" is a sentiment usually used when two people are buried next to each other.  I think that is done at this cemetery, but it doesn't seem to be the case here since there's only one name on this stone.  And if the other name isn't there yet, then why not wait for that eventuality and put the 2nd name plus the together bit down all at once?  I don't see any efficiencies gained by jumping the gun on togetherness.  Not here anyway.

I also wonder if I'll continue to ponder far-fetched and elaborate explanations, or if I'll do some investigating.  The most likely next step of this discovery is that someone will provide evidence and/or explanation that will make me look like a dope for even giving a second glance at my Dad's neighbor.  That's usually how it goes whenever I get all fired up about something and start going all Khrushchev shoe-slamming about it, someone will tap me on the shoulder and say, "Uh, Amanda, actually it's true, 2+2 does equal 4."