From now through the end of December, a selection of my grandfather’s U.S. Naval memorabilia is on display at Augusta County Library (1759 Jefferson Highway, Fishersville, VA). I last wrote an essay about this collection in the July 2008 installment of my “Author’s Notes” column at Horror World (“The Honor and Morbidity of Grandpa’s Scrapbooks”).
My introductory placard says:
When I inherited 10 scrapbooks from my maternal grandfather, Bennie E. Burnworth (1910-1974), I had no idea he’d collected such a fascinating trove of memories.
It documents his 37-year career in the U.S. Navy, from which he retired with the rank of Chief Machinist’s Mate.
Although he served in World War II, the items here come from the 1920s-30s. That’s when he left behind life as a Kansas farm boy to tour the Pacific aboard one of the Navy’s first aircraft carriers, the U.S.S. Saratoga.
I hope you enjoy these mementoes as much as I do.
Here are some pictures — but you should really see them in person.