On this Memorial Day, I found it fitting to highlight Grandpa Bob’s seven-year service in our military:

Shortly after graduating from high school, Grandpa Bob enlisted in the United States Army on June 8, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan.  Below is a picture of his platoon dated June 6, 1945:

Grandpa is on the second row from the bottom, first man on the left side.

Close-up of Grandpa. Age: 17

Within four short months, Private Latta was promoted to Sergeant.  He served 11 months in Germany in 95 Quartermaster Battalion (Mobile) as a Clerk General.  He was in charge of processing documents for deceased American soldiers and overseeing their return home to their families.

On October 29, 1946, Sgt. Latta was promoted to Corporal in the Signal Corps Reserve.  According to the U.S. Army’s official website, the Signal Corps “…supplies information systems and worldwide networks for the Army, the Department of Defense and allied nations in coalition operations.”

Grandpa was honorably discharged from the United States Army on August 30, 1949.  The very next day, he reenlisted and remained in the Signal Corps Reserve until his final honorable discharge on December 29, 1952.  During this time, he graduated from the Ft. Monmouth Signal School in Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey on October 2, 1951 with a certificate in radar repair. 

During Grandpa Bob’s military service, he received the following medals: the Army of Occupation Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

Fast forward 60+ years, and we meet Private Erin Mitchell of the United States Army. She is currently in the middle of her third week of boot camp at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and will be graduating in late July.  She is my little sister and Grandpa Bob’s youngest granddaughter:

There are many reasons why Erin enlisted, including one that can only be shared by her and Grandpa Bob.  He passed away before she officially became a soldier in the United States Army, but I know that he is extremely proud of her…as we all are.