Today, October 2nd, would have been my Dad's 87th birthday and my mom recently wrote a post for D of a short introduction to his Grandpa and so I figured today would be a good day to share it.
Howdy my dear Grandson, Darius.
I’m your Grandma and I just wanted you to meet your Grandpa, William E McCombs. Here he is at about six months old, sucking on a bottle. Although you can’t see it very well, you do look like your grandpa.
This picture shows your grandpa with your great-grandparents, William E. and Mary McCombs. They lived in
. This was during the Great Depression, and your great-grandpa worked at a lot of jobs to support the family. Your great-grandma helped your great-great-grandparents in their hotel and restaurant. Moundsville, West Virginia
Here your Grandpa Bill is with a cousin and your Great-great-grandpa Baker.
This picture is of your Grandpa Bill while he was in the army. He did a lot of things while in the army. During World War II he was in the
. After the war he was stationed in Philippines , which is where this picture was taken. He was also a paratrooper with the 11th and 101st Airborne divisions. Germany
As you can see in these photos, he has all of his arms and legs. The only reason I mention this is because he was also a drill instructor in the army, and he was training troops one day when a mortar, an explosive device, blew up prematurely and he lost his left arm. He was able to re-learn how to do things, and in his years after the army was able to work a variety of jobs from working as a parts man in car dealerships, to ranching to lock-smithing.
Your Grandpa Bill was very fond of trains and liked to do model railroading. He had a layout of a model train when your mom was little and the Barnum & Bailey circus train in your room was his. When you get older, I look forward to telling you more stories about your Grandpa Bill, and how he spent his childhood and adult years. He was a very colorful character and I wish you could have known him.
#MomFail this is the only pic I have of the train in D's room