Today as we celebrate our real world heroes, I have another beautiful love story to share! This story is courtesy of Holly Van Howe. Her grandfather, Peter Paul Welko – known to Holly and the family as Grandpa Moonie, started his service to our country stateside in the Army (Calvary) before WWII.
After he was discharged, he asked the love of his life, Josephine, to marry him and spend the rest of their lives together. On the morning of December 7, 1941 Pete and Jo learned, along with the rest of America, about the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Knowing what he had to be done, Pete and Jo married THAT afternoon.
A few days later, Pete enlisted – in the Navy this time – and served as a SeaBee in the Pacific and Guadalcanal.
He served his time in the Navy and returned home to Josephine to start their family. They had two sons, Paul and Robert, and celebrated over 50 years together.
We salute this hero and the other brave men and women who fought to defend our country after the attack on Pearl Harbor. They put their lives on hold to protect our land. Thank you to SeaBee Peter Welko for being a real world hero!!