The Photo

Last week I received a piece of mail from a still close ex-sister-in-law.  The envelope was stiff, flat and felt like a photo.

It was a photo from a long time ago.  She is in the process of moving and while going through stuff at the back of a closet she came across the picture.  Private Toritto in November 1963.

When one entered the military back then, the Army took your picture for your mom and dad or whomever else might want it.   Usually during the first week of basic training.

After an exhausting day, that evening we were ordered to put on our Army greens. hat, shirt and tie and line up in front of the adjacent barracks.  No pants.  Just shoes and underwear.  We wouldn’t need pants for the shot.  We didn’t know of course that it was picture taking evening.

Each of us walked in, sat down and SNAP.  Forever frozen in time and now preserved forever in the ether of the internet.

Looking at the photo I know I am very tired.  Those early days of getting in shape were rough.  Others who have seen it thought I looked more like a young S/S officer.


Happy 4th!


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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5 Responses to The Photo

  1. beetleypete says:

    Definitely not ‘Aryan’ enough for the Waffen SS, Frank. 🙂
    Seems like you were chanelling a ‘Buddy Holly vibe’, though he had been dead for four years by then.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. I love it, and miss that i have no photo in the military suit, only one in camoflage. xx Michael

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