I'm here with my granddad George, a 96 year old veteran who served as a chaplain in the Navy during WWII, has seen the world, and lived through some very interesting times. He wants to answer your questions!
Have more questions? Check out /r/AskGidge, where you can keep asking questions, and I will send them to George himself to respond!
IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ! DEAR REDDIT, My granddad has asked me to appeal to the reddit community for something. Many of you have by now read the story of how he and Carmel fell in love. Throughout all the years that they were together, each and every day they would write each other letters, all of which they kept in chronological order. About 4 years ago, when Carmel died granddad moved out of his house to an appartment, and during the downsizing, the boxes with letters were taking by the auction company that they had saved, as well as Carmel's most prized possesion: her violin. Needless to say, George was heartbroken, and as he told me about the letters today, he started to tear up. These are the last tangible pieces of the woman he loved more than life itself, and now they have been sold. The auction company is called Shirk's auctions and is based in Lebanon, PA. The auction would have occured around November, 2011. If anyone has any idea of the whereabouts of these items or what we can do to try and get them back, we would be very grateful. Maybe reddit can find this stuff! I can honestly say it would be the most amazing thing I have ever seen on here. Thanks for reading, George, myself, and our whole family.
The AMA is over, but check out /r/AskGidge!
I am with my granddad, reading him the questions and writing his responses.
George was born in 1918 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Italian immigrants. The son of a Methodist Minister, George group up through the great depression, went on to earn his Masters of Divinity from Dickinson college, and a degree in Pastoral Counseling from Harvard.
George served in the U.S. Navy for many years, serving on aircraft carriers such as the Mindoro. While in the Navy, George became father to two sons (one being my dad), and was stationed all over the country.
George has seen many amazing things and lived through some amazing times, including walking through the wreckage in Hiroshima a month after the bomb was dropped (we haven't seen any negative effects yet!). At 96 years old, he is still doing very well, keeping active, reading, and learning.
After the Navy, he went on to serve as chaplain at schools such as Perkiomen.
He would love to share his experiences with you, and answer your questions.
A note from me: It is fine for you to ask any question you like, but I do ask that you keep in mind my granddad's feelings. Remember that he grew up in a very different time from us, and that his views may differ. I completely respect individual's opinions, but I do ask that you try to respect who he is as a veteran and pastor. I won't link directly to any comments from the previous AMA as examples, but I am sure you can find them if you look. With this in mind, I reserve the right to slightly filter questions to make them more palatable for him.
Here he is, in all of his glory! (he finds the whole proof system hillarious)
We are eating lunch, and then will start answering questions, so ask away!
George would like to appeal to the reddit community. He wants to know if there are any other Navy chaplains, other WWII vets, or others in the pacific theater who are reading this. If so, he would very much enjoy having a chat and getting to know some fellow vets!