Our neighbor, Joe, served in World War II like many in his generation. He heroically served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. On his ship, LST-47, he traveled from the United States to Nova Scotia, England, Scotland, France, Algeria, Italy, Norfolk, Pearl Harbor, the Philippines, Okinawa and Japan. He and his shipmates supported the D-Day invasion in June 1944, dropping off troops and supplies at Utah and Omaha Beaches, while transporting wounded personnel and over 1,000 German prisoners. All of this before he turned 20 years old!
The background photo shows LSTs landing on Omaha Beach to deliver supplies, shortly after the June 6, 1944 D-Day assault. Joe’s ship, LST-47 is among the ships pictured here.
I was reminded of my desire to do this commemorative project when I visited my parents in 2012 and had a chance to meet their neighbor, Joe. He talked about his time during the war, and I made the connection that he was one of the many brave sailors and soldiers who helped liberate the world during these crucial years. Incredulous as it seems, during his service perhaps he even met a little Okinawan child named Kay who grew up to be his neighbor ...
This photograph is of my bead tapestry pattern, generated from Joe’s photograph transposed into a workable pattern using BeadTool4 software. Each letter on the pattern is associated with a different bead color.
To honor Joe and the many men and women of his generation, I created the Thankful Generations Project, depicting vintage photographs from WWII in beaded tapestries. This is the twelfth tapestry created thus far. It is in fact Joe and my parents who inspired me to undertake this labor of love.