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Mike Watson: A Four Star Family, World War II
Remembering on Father's Day: His father, Carl Watson, and three uncles served in World War II. Almost miraculously, all returned from the war, and none of them were wounded
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By Mike Watson
In honor of our dad, Carl Watson, and our uncles, Cameron, Hugh and William, all of whom served overseas in World War II, I offer here a short front page item from The Adair County News, 9 June 1943.
"A Four Star Family--When William Watson left today for Fort Benjamin Harrison to enter the Armed Forces, his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Watson, of Inroad, became the head of a "four star family." perhaps the only one in all of Adair County. William's three brothers were already in service and he was the only remaining son that Mr. & Mrs. Watson could offer to Uncle Sam. Cameron Watson is station in Louisiana, Carl and Hugh Watson are stationed at camps in Washington State..."There were undoubtedly other four star families in Adair County before the World War ended. In lieu of a "candle in the window" the families of servicemen obtained and proudly posted in a front window a card with luminescent stars, one for each one from that household serving the United States of America. Our grandparents, Milton and Mollie Reeder Watson, had at least two cards with the stars. No one knows what happened to the one with four starts, but the photo is of the one with two stars, representing the first two sons who went to war.
Thankfully, all four of the Watson boys came home and none were wounded in action. A miracle, one might say. So, in honor of Father's Day and Flag Day (June 14th), Salute! - Mike Watson
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