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Happy to be Home From War - fiction

Updated on May 25, 2016

This is annart's challenge.


Dedicated and attributed to: Ann Carr

This story is an acceptance according to annart’s challenge. The link to her challenge is below.;-Use-it-to-Good-Effect.

Homeward Bound

Richard, who had black hair, dark brown eyes and was over 5 ½’ tall, was with his mates and they were on their voyage home aboard their P. T. boat - a motorboat equipped with torpedoes and used in the military - and they were all above deck drinking beer and talking about what it was like “over there”, except him. One of the things they ‘cheered’ about was the U-boat (Unterseeboat – which is a German submarine) which they hit and sunk. He was below deck playing computer chess on his cell phones. They were on leave, he was injured in war and going home.

Besides wanting to forget about what happened in battle, Richard did not have a taste for beer.

He had a lovely family to whom he was strongly waiting to return home to.

A True Sailor’s Dream

While being on the waters over there for seven years, he fantasized of buying a boat when he came home. He had been looking at catalogs for them and saved a few. Next he decided that when he got home he would discuss with Susan which family yacht, or sailboat, to purchase.

He preferred the sailboats to which you could have a motor attached and therefore when it was not windy enough, or the wind blew in the wrong direction, you had the motor to use as a backup. They were also larger than the sailboats which did not have the motors. He even believed that sailing in one of the motorized sailboats he would feel freer than if he used a yacht.

Home with the Family

When he was home, he stood outside for a few minutes thinking about his family. Take Susan, his wife, with light brown, wavy hair, blue eyes, plus she was 4’ 10” and 110 lbs. They had a 4 year old son whom they had named Timmy with short yellow hair and golden eyes. He was always happy and never sad, and very inquisitive.

Rick also had a wonderful home which had a beautiful view of the lovely sunsets at the edge of the sea.

He came in and said, " I am home!" Susan came running with her arms, outstretched, crying with a big smile, and shrieked, "Richard!" Just as Timmy ran downstairs and came right over to grab his legs,"Hello Daddy, please stay. Tell me you can stay - pleeeeease."

"I am staying Timmy."

"Are you really", asked Susan.

"Yes. I was discharged on account of injury", he told her.

"What happened", she inquired.

"I went too close to a bomb", he answered, "it will heal again. I am going upstairs to change clothes."

"I will go finish supper. Welcome home."

The next she knew, she heard the front door opening and she checked. “Where are you going Richard? Supper is almost ready”, mentioned Susan.

“I will be back before you put out supper Susan,” he said, “I will be just on the beach.”

He reappeared in 10 minutes and began helping her to serve supper. “Thank you for helping me”, said Susan, “Your son and I are so glad to see you home.”

“After seven years, I am glad too. You know that I did not choose to go over there voluntarily I had to go. About my arm, it will heal eventually, with the proper therapy and exercise. I just have to find the right doctor and continue to exercise once I start”, he commented.

“I know honey, and you will do it too. If you ever want help then I am right here to do that for you. All you have to do is ask”, she said.

Medals and Awards:

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U.S. Naval Medal of HonorCoast Guard Command Afloat insignia pin
U.S. Naval Medal of Honor
U.S. Naval Medal of Honor | Source
Coast Guard Command Afloat insignia pin
Coast Guard Command Afloat insignia pin

Medals and Awards:

Susan and Timmy looked at the medals which Richard had received while across the sea. They were amazed at the colors and what he had received them for and of course they asked.

“This is the medal for Good Conduct”, replied Richard, “You could say that it is for perfect behavior. If you have that type of behavior Timmy, I will make you one like it. This was the Medal of Honor for bravery in battle; this explains my arm. The last one is the Navy and Marine Corps Medal. I stood out by heroism but it was not by conflict with the enemy.

"And what about this one with the big bird and that silver thing with the two points", Timmy asked.

Richard said, "I received that when I first went in from the Coast Guard for commanding a boat at sea by myself. That was before I was on the larger ships."

"What's a ship, Daddy? And you were the only one on the boat? And what are commands?"

"Well son a ship floats like the toy boat that you have, only a ship is bigger. No, I was not the only one on the boat. What commands mean is that I gave the orders to the other men and there was nobody who gave orders to me. Just like I give orders to you."

When Susan and Timmy had left the room he placed the medals in a box, side-by-side, and placed the box on an upper shelf out of harm’s way.

Standing at the Shoreline

One day when Timmy was at school and Susan was at a PTA meeting, Richard was standing out into the water just enough that it was up to his ankles. He just stood there, thinking. Slowly time went by – 1 hour, 2 hours, 3, 4. Susan had come home and seen him out the window and wondered what he was doing. It was not easy for her to avoid going out and asking, but she knew that he wanted to be alone. He came in just before Timmy returned home from school as if he had a timer in his head. Actually, while in the Navy, he had learned to tell time with the sun and the wind.

Before supper, when he was helping her again, she mentioned it. “When I came home from the PTA, I looked out the window and I saw you out there. I suppose that you miss being in the Navy.”

He quickly responded, “No way! I was standing out there to release the memories from the Navy – all of that violence and killing – I hated it. I tried to avoid what I could. You could say that what I did today was a form of meditation to let go of all of it. Allow the waves to wash my mind clean from it so that I can start fresh. Now that I am at home with you and Timmy I will have past memories of you two before I left and space to add my new memories. "

"Okay", she replied, "I promise not to talk about nor ask any questions, and I will have a talk with Timmy but I cannot swear anything for him. You know how quickly he forgets something, being a kid at his age."

Do you think that Richard should have, or should not have, forgotten "over there"?

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    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      Thank Peachy (bow) lol That was what I saw in that picture/painting.

      I keep trying to read Hubs of yours but you keep beating me to it!


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      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, applause to you. You wrote a beautiful story of a man back home from war. Heroic.

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      Thank you Billy. I believe that Ann was happy. As far as I know she left me a comment on here.

      By the way, when that challenge is published, I will be starting on that one about the door. I already have my idea for it.

      Thank you again for your kind words.


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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A great story, Kevin. I'm sure Ann is pleased with your response to the challenge. Nicely done!

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      Thanks Deb. It was in response to a challenge and after reading the others I just tried to be different. I would have gotten back to you sooner but I have not been on all day due to malware/virus.


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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sometimes, we must all stand on the shores of our mind to release the past. Well done.

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      Thank you very much Shyron, I really appreciate all of that. It pleases me greatly that you liked it so.

      Have a nice weekend friend. :-)


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      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Kevin, wonderful addition to Ann's challenge, you did a great job.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting and shared.



    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago

      Thank you very much Frank. I accepted the challenge and was late getting back to it, so I had time to think on it. I am grateful for your share and vote.

      You have a nice day! :-)


    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago

      It is good that it was worth reading Jo. I told Ann a while ago that I would accept it, I just had other things to do first. I appreciate your vote and input.

      Have a nice day! :-)


    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago

      I am highly grateful Jamie for your sharing. Be careful though when pushing the buttons, you may push the wrong one. lol I am happy that you liked it. Thank you for reading it.

      Have a nice day! :-)


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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      Examiner this was amazing ..sharing and voted up ...

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Kevin, this was well worth the read, glad you took up the challenge. Voting up and awesome.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      5 years ago from Reno NV

      Great read Kevin, I am sharing and pushing all the buttons! :) Jamie

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago

      Thank you very much for your opinion on the story Harish. I am receiving various observations about it. This soldier hated violence and killing.

      Soldiers may be different on the outside, but I believe that they are the same on the inside, you only have to search deep enough.

      I am pleased to receive your vote and to have you shared it. Thank you.

      Have a nice day! :-)


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      Harish Mamgain 

      5 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Kevin, this tale is very interesting and I love the outlook you have reflected here. A soldier wanting to erase all memories of violence and killing and refresh his mind in the company of his lovely family is a unique perspective.

      The message is clear and loud that a soldier is as tender -hearted as any other guy. I think, after reading this story, people will look at soldier's life with all love.

      A lovely and beautiful tale and great response to Annart's challenge. Voted up and shared.

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago

      I know Mary, I have read several others and there are more in my unread email. It seems to have meant something to you. He wanted to come home sooner but had no reason and that was not what he wanted it to be.

      I am glad that you liked it.

      Thank you for the votes and positive remarks. :-)

      Have a nice day!


    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago

      Good morning Faith, it is good that you liked it so much. Perhaps that is what happened to my father's mind also. I do not remember whether he was in the Army, Marines, or other - nor even where he fought.

      I am very grateful for your kind comments plus your voting, pinning and sharing. Thanks!

      Have a nice day day. :-)


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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      This challenge has brought us so many great stories. This is a heartwarming story with a father returning from war. Of course every returning soldier takes time to return to civilian life and learn how to settle in and live a normal life all over again. Having a loving wife and son is incentive for any soldier.

      Certainly a beautiful story.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Kevin,

      I loved reading your submission to Ann's challenge. A heartwarming story you have written here. I know when my dad came back from Korea and Vietnam, he was not the same, as his mind was battle-scarred. He suffered with PTSD and they did not have the help for the soldiers as they do now.

      Beautiful and creative writing here.

      Up ++++ pinning and sharing

      Peace and blessings

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago

      Depending what it is, I cannot turn down a challenge John. Thinking about a line from a movie recently I used it on this - I wrote the first draft from the heart and then the second draft (proofread) from the head. I am glad that you liked it.

      Have a nice day. :-)


    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago

      Between disliking violence plus becoming injured he had two reasons for wanting to wipe the slate clean.

      I believe that all of nature is therapeutic, and since I do not have the sea near me I use other parts of it. That is one of the things which keeps me going every day. :-)

      I had mentioned to you a while ago that I would be responding to your challenge - I had time to think on it anyway - I only had to finish doing a few things plus I have been busy in the house. My email is backed up to...well let us just say it is a lot.

      Do not worry about being late, I forgot to send the URL before I published it.

      Thank you for your comment.

      Have a nice day. :-)


    • annart profile image

      Ann Carr 

      5 years ago from SW England

      This is a great portrait of someone coming home after so long, wanting to forget as many of them did.

      I find the sea therapeutic and I know my daughter does too; we both feel much better when we are near it! I think it has a deep healing quality, especially when it's calm and at sunset.

      Thank you so much for responding to my challenge so beautifully.

      Sorry to be late reading it but I've had very limited access to the internet for over a week and I'm just getting round to catching up.

      Great hub, Kevin! I've added it to my list.


    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago

      Thank you very much Ruby! I remember when it was Veteran's Day a little while back and they talked about it all day on the radio - and then all week too. I appreciate your share on Twitter. You are welcome, I was just replying to a challenge. :-)

      Have a nice day.


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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      It is good that you decided to take on Ann's challenge Kevin. I'm sure you found it a positive experience as I did to challenge and extend yourself. The wounded serviceman returning home to his family is always a welcome and heart warming story. Good job.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Nice story Kevin! There are many wounded warriors coming home with bad memories to forget. I liked your story. Will share on Twitter. Thank you..

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago

      It pleases me considerably that you read it and liked it oceansunsets.

      I do like your commentary of the story, I see by your opinion that it has left you indecisive. That leaves me pondering whether others will feel the same way or whether they will be able to make a decisive opinion. I guess we shall have to wait to see. If it was my story then we would see which direction it may head, but I only wrote someones challenge.

      Thank you again and I wish you a nice day!


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      5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Kevin, that was great :) My heart went out to that family in the reading of it. Yes, what a great sacrifice! I don't know how to answer the question, because part of me thinks they should remember what happened, and process it all as it comes up. Our minds are interesting things, and if we try to forget, I am not sure we really do and rather bury things. It is so easy for me to say that though, not having sacrificed like someone like that did.

      I can understand the need to let it go, and the healthy benefits that would bring with it. It was a sweet story, and you could feel yourself looking out over the water with him almost. That would be a very healing thing as well. Very special.

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago

      Welcome to HubPages Tammy! I am sorry for your loss to you and your family, but I know generally what you are going through since my mother and father are both up there. Best wishes to your son in the army, my hopes that he comes home in one piece.

      I appreciate you reading my story. Thank you for your kind comment and I am glad that you liked it.

      Have a nice day!


    • Tammy Tappan profile image

      Tammy Tappan 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

      Wow! God bless him and that was amazing. I am a mother of a son in the Army and he is a Soldier at Heart but we all need to Thank Them for their Ultimate Sacrifices they make for us and

      the effect it has on some of them when they come home!


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