Making Angie Cry – For V.J. Day

I felt this a good time between Japan’s surrender and the official signing on 2 September for Toritto’s post.
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Everyone was so happy that day,  I didn’t know why they were happy but I was happy too.  I rode on daddy’s shoulders down 13th avenue, passed the Endicott theater, the waving and happy people kissing in the street.

Grandma bought me a Mello-Roll and now I was getting to play horsey. Giddiup horsey! Smacking daddy’s head.  I could see everyone from Daddy’s shoulders; Everybody waved at me and I waved back!  I was blowing kisses and everyone blew kisses at me!

Daddy gave me a little stick with a funny cloth attached.  He said it was a flag and I should wave it.  So wave it I did!

Fat Tony came out of his candy store, Angie in her apron and house dress
Daddy shook Fat Tony’s hand and gave Angie a big hug
“Frankie boy!”  That was me. “Have a Charlotte Russe!” I love Charlotte Russe. Fat…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on August 22, 2015, in First-hand Accounts, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. A beautiful first hand memory of VJ Day, Toritto bought the moment alive in those words, and the video captured the occasion of it beautifully.The war was over but much damage had been done to family’s all around the world.

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  2. Wow! Great story! Brought tears to my eyes.
    If only adults would take the time to see through the eyes of children more often.
    I taught Kindergarten for years. It was my joy to rediscover the world with my students every year. Seeing things through their eyes, watching them learn with excitement and accomplish new tasks with joy and pride…that keep the child in me alive and energetic! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  3. Quite a story through a child’s eyes. Glad that you re-posted it!

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  4. GP – Got up this morning to this pleasant surprise. Many thanks for the re-blog! Regards


    • My pleasure, I’ve been holding on to the post’s address since you published it. And some people think that I just click the “Like” button without reading – HA! I hope it brings you some new readers.


  5. This got to me too. When I was four I asked my father if there would be another war (we were living in Gibraltar and they were testing munitions near our house). He answered ‘no’ with great firmness.

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  6. I read this on Frank’s site. A lovely nostalgic memoir indeed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. That must have been one special day to be an American.

    On a somewhat unrelated note, I received a letter from the National Archives, concerning that question we were pondering, of which job classifications were the most and least dangerous during WWII. They replied that they don’t have casualty listings of this nature. Rather, their records cover casualties by unit, and by name of the service member. So I guess we’ll never know for sure. I think in some cases the answer is pretty obvious, but it would be interesting to know for sure, rather than speculate.

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