My Grandpa, John Sullivan?
by Frank Wood
(White Plains, New York)
When I was a little boy, I used to drive my bike by one of Mr. Rockwell's former homes in Mamaroneck, New York. I knew this because of a small marker out front notifying people that he had once lived there.
My mom had told me a story of Norman Rockwell painting a picture of my grandfather at a local parade for war veterans.
My grandfather was wounded in World War One and received a Purple Heart for his actions. My grandfather's name was John Sullivan.
I have always treasured this story, and when I was young, we went to the Norman Rockwell Museum
and always felt some sort of "connection" to such an iconic American legend.
Needless to say I have that picture of Story of the Lost Battalion
on my wall displayed with much pride. And by the way i have a cousin who looks very much like the solider in the picture, my grandfather, John Sullivan.
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