My Dad’s Voice

I recently unearthed these recordings that my newlywed parents exchanged when my Dad was in the army. Soon after they were married, my Dad was drafted and was in Korea in 1954 when my older sister was born.

To hear my grandmother’s voice, with her unforgettable German accent, brought tears to my eyes. She always got so emotional! As a boy, all I had to do was take out my violin and play a few scratchy notes, and she would be weeping uncontrollably. In her eyes, I could do no wrong, and she was always my best fan.

My Dad died several years ago with Alzheimer’s disease, which he got while still relatively young.   I still think about him daily.

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  • Doug Deuchler posted: 03 Oct at 11:01 pm

    Marty,
    This is very touching–and I don’t mean that to sound corny. For years I had a record of my father that was recorded at the Century of Progress World’s Fair during its second year when he worked there in 1934. He was 19. I have not come across it in years and fear it may have gotten pitched. It was recorded as a souvenir and was only 3 or 4 minutes long but I hope it turns up at some point.

  • Cassandra West posted: 19 Jun at 8:56 am

    These recordings are awesome. This is the first I’ve heard of these service records. I guess long before the Internet and mobile phone and video chat this is how families separated by war communicated. A lost piece of history. A story? I’d like to know more about how they were recorded and just how widespread they were. I could see a whole website where people could do and list to these. Kind of like NPR’s Story Corps.