Letters from Larry – 24 July 1946

24 July 1946 – Washington, D.C.

My Darling,

Didn’t receive that letter you wrote last week.

Well I tried to get a stand-by for the week-end but its no soap.  These guys down here won’t stand-by for a man no way.  Well at least the weekend after next you won’t have your sister with you, then will we have fun.

To-night is the Gunner’s Mates dance and I have the duty, in fact I have the watch again 4 to 8 in the morning.  The fellows that have the duty tonight will be able to go Fri. night though.

How is your eye hon?  I hope it gets better.  If it isn’t though please get it fixed.  It worries me honestly.

I applied for your transportation to-day.  The yeoman had to fix the date of your departure though. Being that I only arrived here the 8th he put down that you left Seattle on the 10th of July at 8 p.m. and arrived in Wash. D.C the 14 July at 9:00 a.m.  Keep this handy in case they should send anything to you wanting to know when you left.  The check more than likely won’t come thru for 6 months or more.

I also checked on changing the allotments.  They are not allowed to change any allotments until further notice.  That’s all throughout the Navy.  The bureau is too busy they claim.

Well darling its about 9:30 now so I think I’ll turn in and get some sleep.  Good night honey.  I love you.

Your loving,

Larry

Senate Tribute to Pop

On May 24, 2018, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York paid tribute to my grandfather, Larry Reilly, on the floor of the Senate.  Video clip of the comments below:

Lawrence John Reilly Sr. – One of the Greatest Men of the Greatest Generation, May He Forever Rest In Peace

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On Wednesday, May 23rd, the world lost an amazing man.  Just short of his 94th birthday in June, Lawrence John Reilly, Sr. passed away at 3:30 Eastern, due to complications with pneumonia.

Since Wednesday, I’ve been struggling with finding the words to express my deep sorrow and to explain to the world who this man was.  Because the world should know.  His death should not be noticed by only his family and friends.  There was so much honor, goodness, love, and forgiveness in him.  How do I describe his boundless life and do it true justice?

I am the second of this five granddaughters, sixth out of the twelve grandchildren.  He was the patriarch of a beautiful family, of which he lived to see the latest addition to the next generation born about a week before his death.  She is his 21st great-grandchild.

Fortunately, my strong desire that the world knows about his passing from this life has been met.  The Associated Press wrote an article that has been picked up by agencies around the world.  The U.S. Senate heard a tribute to his passing, in marking the beginning of this Memorial Day Weekend.  Friend and author Louise Esola penned one of the loveliest eulogies I could have ever imagined.

My grandfather’s obituary

The tributes to my grandfather following his death:

Fair winds and following seas, Pop.  Forever loved and always missed.

Book of Me: What do you want to be doing that you are currently not?

What do you want to be doing that you are currently not?

I would like to be retired from by day to day job.  I would like to be on a property in the country with my husband.  I would like to be in my home office, chasing the threads of family history, while I listen to the sound of my husband working on his classic Chevy in the garage.  I would like to have my dogs curled up at my feet, snug in a warm house.  i would lie to be planning my next road trip around the U.S., visiting the towns and counties where our families came from.

Genealogy is an amazing community!

I connected with a cousin in the Netherlands about 3 years ago, via genealogieonline.com, Johanna.  She is the 2nd great-granddaughter of my 3rd great-grandfather, Walter, which makes us 4th cousins, 1x removed.  She sent me three photographs that I am so excited to have, mostly because one of them in particular is a photo of Christiane Nullmeyer, who is my 3rd great-grandmother.  She died young, probably during childbirth.  For years, I had no knowledge of her, thinking that my 3rd great-grandfather’s 3rd wife, Kate Dulk, was my actual ancestor.  I know very little information about her, so having actual photographic proof of her is AMAZING!

I am so grateful for being able to find cousins online, who have been willing to share information.  And now for the photographs!

The Noteboom Family, right to left: Johanna (Honey), Walter, Dorothea, Anna, Geraldine (between her parents), Christiane, Walter Jr. From the collection of cousin Johanna, used with her permission

The Noteboom Family, right to left:
Johanna (Honey), Walter, Dorothea, Anna, Geraldine (between her parents), Christiane, Walter Jr.
From the collection of cousin Johanna, used with her permission

The date of this photo is unknown, but based on the apparent ages of the children, I would place this photo c. 1895.  Give or take a year or so, I would say Anna was 13, Dorothea – 12, Walter – 11, Johanna – 10, Geraldine – 6.

The Noteboom Family, right to left: Kate, Johanna, Dorothea, Geraldine, Walter Jr., and Walter. c. 1905 From the collection of cousin Johanna, used with her permission

The Noteboom Family, right to left:
Kate, Johanna, Dorothea, Geraldine, Walter Jr., and Walter.
c. 1905
From the collection of cousin Johanna, used with her permission

The date of this photo is c. 1905.  Anna is not present in this photo, which is not surprising.  She was estranged from her family from 1901 to 1906 because of her marriage to Francis Theodore.  She reconciled with them after his disappearance.

From left to right: Kate, Walter, his niece Gessina, his sister Anna. From the collection of cousin Johanna, used with her permission

From left to right:
Kate, Walter, his niece Gessina, his sister Anna.
From the collection of cousin Johanna, used with her permission

I also don’t know the date of this photo, but since Walter and Kate are pictured with his family who still lived in the Netherlands, I suspect this is from 1913.  I have a passenger list from a trip they took to Europe in the fall of 1913, shortly before he died.  Gessina is the daughter of his sister Elizabeth, who had passed away in 1878.