I thought writing about my father would be easy, but I discovered I really don't know much about him other than what's in my faded memories. He died when I was 15 years old so I never really got the chance to pump him for information about his life. Since I started on this genealogy kick, I found it easier to learn about his father, and my other ancestors, because there was more documented information available. I concentrated on them because it was easier. My father didn't leave a very extensive paper trail - there are no letters, diaries, school records or any other documents that would tell me what he was like as a child and young adult. If he did write any letters during his World War Two service they were lost to history long ago. The little I have doesn't tell me much. I have his 8th grade diploma, his social security number application, his Army discharge paperwork, copies of his birth and death certificates, and little else. I'm left to tell his story mostly from my memory and the little tidbits of information I do have - plus many assumptions.