And so the prom passes. Her father was not amused when I brought her home at ten the next morning. It was Memorial Day weekend and without a smile he said “Seeing as how you kept my daughter out all night, you might as well come to the barbecue this afternoon!” JoAnn smiled.
We continued dating and were inseparable from that day forward, an “item” and now a couple to our friends. We knew by September that we would marry eventually.
I however still had my military service in front of me. These were the days of conscription and I was not enrolled in day college though I was attending night classes. I could be drafted anytime.
So we made a plan. I was only twenty; she seventeen. I would get my service out of the way, we would save our money and then we would marry. She got a job at Ma Bell and I entered the army on November 18, 1963, four days before JFK was gunned down in Dallas.
We suffered during separation. I was at Fort Dix New Jersey so she would come visit me on weekends. I came home on Christmas leave, We decided to marry. And we did on December 28, 1963. So much for plans.
You can read about it here: https://toritto.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/our-fabulous-christmas-wedding-2/
That’s her father Carmine looking on – a truly good man.
My mom and dad at the wedding. She would be gone in two and a half years.
My mom and new mother in law, both named Mary and sharing the same birthday.
We didn’t have a honeymoon. I had to be back at Ft. Dix on January 3rd. We rented a small apartment in the home of one of her girlfriends and we spent our few days together there. Within a week I was back in the army. In March 1964 I was transferred to Fort Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts for further training. She would join me in Ayer in an off post apartment in town.