I was born in Kodiak 7 December 1947 in Griffin Hospital. My father was
stationed in Kodiak 1947-1948.
My father's name was Herman C. Bruton and he was a staff sargent in Kodiak.
The photo I'm attaching was taken on April 8, 1947 and is of my parents and
all their friends at the club. My parents are marked (thanks to me as a
young brat). The only other couple I know is directly to our left of my
mother. That would be staff sargent Thomas Mackey. I visited with Mackey
earlier this year and even asked him what outfit he and dad were in. As
best as I could understand him, he said they were there unofficially, as in
"on loan". Those were his exact words. I'm sad to say that both Mackey and
my father were buried in May of this year. You asked which marine was my
father. He is in the 3rd picture to the right, and he's front & center, the
only one without a rifle. I hope to dig through my father's papers pretty
soon and hopefully will discover more about that time of his life. If I do,
I'd be honored to share it with you. In the next email I am going to send
you a "cut out" of the base's newsletter The Kodiak Gyrene and the name of
the particuliar column was Straight Scoop-Some guys never get the word. I
hope you enjoy this bit of trivia that I'm sending, and of course you may
use it in any way you'd like. I would love for another daughter or son out
there to be delightfully surprised the way I was....or even better, to have
one of them old leathernecks see that picture and spend the rest of the day
joyfully walking down memory lane. That would be great.
In my father's memory:Semper Fi! Linda (Bruton) Beaver
http://www.kadiak.org/marines/bruton.html This page created 2001 November 7