Dedicated to my mom Mabel Virginia Dillman
My Mom grew up on a farm in rural Arkansas during the Depression, one of four children. She attended school in a one room schoolhouse and went on to graduate high school but her family did not have money for her to go to college.
During World War II while living in Little Rock, Arkansas she met a soldier, fell in love and married. They only had a couple of weeks together before her husband’s unit shipped out for overseas duty. Tragically the ship he was being transported on was torpedoed and he died on Christmas Day 1944.
Later, she became friends with another soldier who had known her husband and they eventually married. After the war, they ultimately made their way to Lima, Ohio, where she proudly raised six children.
I was the oldest of those children and enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Throughout my 26 year Navy Career mom was always supportive, encouraging and proud of my accomplishments.
I inherited her gentle nature and easy going way but from her I learned a strong work ethic, loyalty, tenacity, and moral values. She passed away in 2013 at the age of 87 and I will always miss her.