As I often do, I attended the annual Memorial Day service conducted at Grand View Cemetery by members of VFW and American Legion organizations. This year, however, I also visited the gravesite of my father, Buehl Berentson (pictured above at age 18 or 19). Dad, who died in November 2007, served in the U.S. Navy, Pacific Theatre, including time as a crewman on a “Liberty ship.” Like many from his generation, he didn’t talk much about his war experiences. There was exciting evidence of his service, however, including a set of dress blues and South Pacific treasures including a tribal war club and an alligator nut cracker. I am glad we talked in more detail about his military service just a year or so before his death. Obviously, the war played a major role in the direction this young man’s life would take. I am grateful that so many Americans like my Dad have answered the call to serve their nation … and other embattled nations … so that those of us “at home” might enjoy the personal freedoms we too often take for granted.
Photos are available for use as prints and online use. Please contact me for pricing.
$12 for 5 X 7 inch archival print, mailing included.
All Photos are © Steve Berentson. All rights reserved.
Browse by Date
Browse by TagAnacortes anthony's arch Baker beach boat bridge cap Cap Sante causland chamber Christmas city Commercial dakota deception pass derby downtown eagle fall ferry festival garden Guemes Island heron Hospital Island lady majestic marina maxwell memorial parade park Port sailboat salvation Santa sante Seafarers shell snow tesoro washington waterfront