Born in 1942, I grew up when our country was at war. As a young boy, I came to learn and understand what patriotism and love of one's country meant. I discovered later in life that patriotic paintings and photographs are more than something to just look at and admire. I found that they had stories to tell and I began writing what they said to me. My story "The Eagle" and "I Am Here Can You See Me" are examples found within the book along with many others mixed in with the stories of my life and how fortunate I have been to live in this country and the opportunities it has given me along with the blessing of my creator.
The Greatest Generation. So what exactly does that imply when used to describe our country? The simplest explanation, at least for me, is that young men and women took up arms to fight and end the thoughts of world domination
by those who believed that freethinking people, no matter where they resided in the world, could not survive without
being controlled. They thought that people should not have a religion, should not be free to speak freely, should not govern themselves, and that people could not survive without their approval. In other words, they wanted complete domination of every aspect of human life.
I was born when our country had taken up arms against both Germany and Japan and their shared interest in world
domination, which history books can better describe than I.
Our nation has had many great generations and each with its
own story and history. We would not exist today if that were not the case. I happen to be born at a time when it was those such as my father, step-father, mother, uncles, and aunts turn to lift and
carry the banner of freedom.
No, we were not the first great generation, nor will we be the last; others have followed, and others will continue to develop. I am sure somewhere in the future, there will be
a little boy with thoughts of one day expressing his love of country and patriotism.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: “Child of the Greatest Generation”
Author: Richard C Rocha
Richard was born shortly after Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Richard spent his early childhood in a small coastal town in New England then at the age of 15 moved to California with his mother and step-father.
At the age of 17, Rich joined the United States Navy serving aboard the USS Forrestal CVA59 and later as a member of an Amphibious unit known to the many sailors he served with as the Gator Navy.
Upon returning to civilian life Rich went on to spend 39 years employed by Pratt & Whitney Space Propulsion Division, working his way up from an hourly process operator position, to motor test mechanic and eventually as a member of management.
Richard and his older brother Ron were taught at a very young age what being a patriot meant from their parents. Ron served in the United States Air Force and both brothers are proud to have served their country.
As a father and grandfather, Richard passed on his love of country to them and has three grandchildren serving in the military.
Rich has always had a love of US History and discovered that when he would come across a painting or photograph that depicted events in the history of the United States, he would sit down and write a story to go with the painting or photo. His family told him he should share his stories maybe even write a book, so he sat down and wrote "Child of the Greatest Generation"