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David Holmes Merchant Marine and U.S. Army Air Corps

David Holmes during Merchant Marine training in 1943. Seventy-one years later he waits at the Spokane airport, for his Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C.

If you can see love on a son’s face, it’s Craig Holmes as he talks about his father, David.“My dad is a quiet man that overcame abject poverty as a child, to lead his family to a good life,” said his son. “My dad is a steady force.” When he joined the U.S. Merchant Marine, his mother had to sign for the 16-year-old to go to war. While sailing the world on Liberty ships, he sent money to his mother back home in the U.S. to

“My dad is a quiet man that overcame abject poverty as a child, to lead his family to a good life,” said his son. “My dad is a steady force.” When he joined the U.S. Merchant Marine, his mother had to sign for the 16-year-old to go to war. While sailing the world on Liberty ships, he sent money to his mother back home in the U.S. to

When he joined the U.S. Merchant Marine, his mother had to sign for the 16-year-old to go to war. While sailing the world on Liberty ships, he sent money to his mother back home in the U.S. to insure a start when war ended.

He was a Quartermaster on ships carrying munitions and fuel for soldiers and sailors to fight the battles that defeated the Germans and the Japanese. His ship sailed to Calcutta and Columbo, and the Philippine Islands. He was on board another Liberty ship that steamed into a Pacific Ocean typhoon. He sailed several times through the Panama Canal before his 19th birthday. David Holmes Current

After the war David returned home and began working in logging camps. Later, he joined the Army Air Corps. While stationed in England he met and married, “a Lancashire Lass from Lancashire England,” said son Craig. They moved to McMinnville, Oregon and started a family, with the births of Susan in 1953 and Craig in 1955. They later moved to Dallas, OR, where David found work in a sawmill. He retired in 1992. David and Eileen moved from Dallas, Oregon to Spokane Valley in 2012 to be near family. They have six grandchildren and seven

David and Eileen moved from Dallas, Oregon to Spokane Valley in 2012 to be near family. They have six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. David’s wife Eileen passed away in July, 2015 and David has moved into an assisted living home in Liberty Lake, “stocked with his favorite beer.” “His favorite is any beer that’s free.”

David’s wife Eileen passed away in July, 2015 and David has moved into an assisted living home in Liberty Lake, “stocked with his favorite beer.” “His favorite is any beer that’s free.”

David Holmes during Merchant Marine training in 1943. Seventy-one years later he waits at the Spokane airport, for his Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C.