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Thread #28311   Message #351688
Posted By: Troll
05-Dec-00 - 10:17 AM
Thread Name: BS: The Red Cross, WWII, and my in-laws
Subject: RE: BS: The Red Cross, WWII, and my in-laws
IvanB, I was trying to get the Red Cross to verify that my father had received orders to Viet Nam from his old assignment in Germany. I had not seen him in two years. My Division was short-handed but I was told that if I could get Red Cross verification, they would let me go
As I said, they wouldn't even give me the time of day. It wasn't a death or illness and that was that, they were tired of us sailors thying to us them just to get special leave, etc. And this was the asst. director. The director was "not available."
I finally did get my leave approved through my great-uncle, a reserve captain in the Naval Chaplains Corps. He called an Admiral he knew and so on down the line to my ship. I got to see my dad while he was in transit to 'Nam.