A Love Story

The grandmothers were girlhood friends.
George's first memory of Catherine was riding his tricycle in front of his parents to visit the Berillon's new baby.
He said he could remember looking over the edge of the bassinet at her and having to stand on something to be able to see.

grandmas mom and dad babies

He first knew he wanted to marry her one day at church when she was about 15 and he was 17.
She was kneeling for communion when he elbowed his brother, Walter, and told him, I'm going to marry her one day.
Walter told him, if you don't, I will. She visits him here at National Guard camp when they are 16 and 18 (1938).
They started a seven year correspondence during the war while he was in the navy and then saw each other on his leaves (Mpls, MN).

war years graduations

George is at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
He was witnessing history from a small sub chaser and lived, as fate had other plans for him. The families didn't know for a while though
if he was alive or not, so they were very worried back home. When Catherine called George's mom, she hadn't heard yet
about the Japanese attack on the radio and fainted while getting this news on the phone.

mothers day bridesmaid

They got married on one of his leaves home and she was able to go with him to
Miami for a three month honeymoon before he had to go back overseas.

wedding wedding 2

They spend their first anniversary apart and he doesn't get to see his son until the war is over.

mom w geo jr dad w poem

Joys and Sorrows - Catherine's brother, Walter Joseph Lang, 2nd Lt, is killed in Europe on April 19, 1945,
28 years old, just three weeks before VE Day. His young widow, Adeline, meets Walter Fix, at George's
coming home party and they eventually get married. George Jr. was about 18 months old when
he saw his father for the first time. He asked if this was that daddy man.

walter geo jr

These are screen shots from the War Letters PowerPoint Project,
including over 50 letters from George Fix, Catherine Berillon-Fix, Walter Lang, Walter Fix, Ralph Fix, Grandma and Grandpa Fix.
Sometimes real life is more interesting than fiction!

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