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Of Service and Dreams Passed On

Updated: Jun 11, 2019

"Three Flags" 1958

by Jasper Johns

My Uncle Dick spent 32 years serving our country. Both in the Navy then the Air Force before he retired with my Aunt Sissy in the recesses of the Adirondacks way up northern in NY. It was not my uncle's career aspiration to be a Colonel in the Air Force, he wanted to be an artist. But that wasn't encouraged back in the 1950s. In fact, he was ridiculed by his family and even brought his masculinity into question. So he relegated his talents away in sketchbooks and buried his passions deep. He went forth and lived as a career officer. With two tours in Korea, an