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To: The Mayor; GodBlessUSA; jaycee; Lady Jag; MEG33; Cardhu; AFPhys; Iowa Granny; Miss Marple; ...
I posted this last year a the Memorial thread about my favorite vet to memorialize - my Dad! ...HERE



DollyCali’s Dad
MM Michael Grlicky, USN



Raised as one of 7 children to immigrant farming parents from Czechoslovakia, Mike was born in Michigan & later relocated with his family to NE Ohio. Public Schools & technical training at East Tech in Cleveland helped him with skills that would be used in the military & in his early jobs following college graduation

He met wife Eleanor at Martin Luther Lutheran Church & they were married shortly before the US was attacked at Pearl Harbor. Mike joined his other 4 brothers in signing up when the nation was attacked. The other 4 joined Army but Mike loving the water, chose Navy

He used his mechanical skills learned at East Tech to become a Machinist Mate. He envisioned lots of travel on ships. But the curse of all naval guys was his.. SHORE DUTY. He was stationed in Pacific theater in Okinawa & This was a “boring” land assignment to dad as he was in charge of setting up & maintaining the water purification on the island for the troops. He didn’t speak much about his war time but did recall LONG days & nights on Okinawa playing cards with his shipmates.

Following the war he used the GI Bill to go to Chiropractic College (a new field) in Davenport Iowa. He trained under BJ Palmer - the father of Chiropractic. Those early years found students invited to BJ’s home & learning the skills from the Master.

Back in Ohio following graduation & further studies at Logan Basic in St. Louis presented a dilemma.. Begin a practice & have the financial drawbacks that went with it or use his mechanical skills in industry & make the comfortable living.

Mom’s 10 votes to dads one vote had Industry(money) over Chiropractic(drought). As fate would have it, years later he was in middle management and the company was overtaken by a mega-buyout & he was “downsized”…

The devastation of this job and income loss was huge. The silver lining is that he was able to NOW later in life, do what he wanted to do his WHOLE life & he began his chiropractic practice.

He died of heart failure at age 74 & at his funeral My brother & I were thrilled and touched by the number of patients who came through & told us how much he meant to them & how often he treated them if they couldn’t pay. And this was the norm, not the rarity. He felt it was his duty to help/cure the infirm.. not get rich off of them.

He was an active man his entire life. He bicycled, walked, golfed, and was an avid card player. He was very involved as a Mason with the Twinsburg Lodge & along with my Mom in Eastern Star. He became Worthy Master & attained the 32nd degree

He was a fun father & played with us and taught us much regarding life. My love & excitement regarding the outdoors I attribute to the hours we would tromp around the woods & have berry picking outings or go to a nice lake & swim & enjoy the sun & nature in general.

He was a devoted & involved father to both my brother and my self. As a teen I could NOT even get a temporary permit to drive until I could change the oil of the car, change a tire & learn to check fluids & FILL THEM, I attribute my math skills to the hours he spent with me playing cards. He was the faithful dad when I did my dance lessons over the years. Mom never drove & if I couldn’t get there via bus, Dad would drive. In Sunday school we had “memory ladders”. Dad spent hours each week for MANY years learning them all with me. He always learned them faster. He had a wonderful mind & great sense of humor. He would amuse my friends when we would go on family outings as he was the only dad in the water & did fancy dives & flips off the board. The other dads were drinking beer with their buddies (my dad caught up on that later in day however).

His two times of "not so happy with Dolly" came when at 16 I sneaked out with the car one evening & got in accident. The second is at my wedding I chose White tie/tails for the attire for the men. He said he felt like a penguin. (but he looked very handsome). He was very proud when I joined the Navy following college & proud also of my brother's decision to join the Air Force. He was a wonderful grandpa & in his later years loved his "pup" Pierre, a Pomeranian, that he called - PeePee Fox.

He served his country, his church and his family with devotion & honor. Each Memorial Day I proudly go & “decorate” his grave & thank God for men such as him who have been the backbone & examples of decency in our great country.







41 posted on 05/25/2008 9:38:41 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: DollyCali

Wow Dolly, Thank you and God Bless my FRiend.


42 posted on 05/25/2008 9:40:52 PM PDT by The Mayor ("A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps" (Prov. 16:9))
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What a lovely tribute to a real hero, Dolly! Thank you for
sharing it with us here!


44 posted on 05/25/2008 9:43:10 PM PDT by LUV W (The Republican Party is strongest when it is fearlessly conservative! RL \:D/)
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That is a touching and beautiful tribute to your dad, Dolly. Thank you!

It made me think that maybe I should post this link to a page I made several years ago that is linked to my FR profile page. I have dedicated this to my TWO dad's; my father and my husband's father. Each served honorably in the Navy.

I post this in memory of all Navy men and women who made the ulitimate sacrifice for their country and gave their lives serving in the United States Navy....

I Am The American Sailor

46 posted on 05/25/2008 10:09:23 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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Thanks for posting that Dolly! Sounds like your dad was a great guy!

My dad’s a vet but he won’t talk about it. I have his Marine Corp uniform and I know he was stationed in Japan late 50’s early 60’s. He had a motorcycle while he was there. He hates rice to this day. Won’t pick up a gun for love nor money. Came back to the States and didn’t even let mom know. One of his brothers spotted him hitchhiking outside town and picked him up and took him home. End of story.

Have a great and safe Memorial Day!


53 posted on 05/26/2008 3:35:17 AM PDT by gardengirl
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Very nice posting, Dolly. You have every right to be proud of your dad and what he did with his life.


69 posted on 05/26/2008 8:31:13 AM PDT by OESY
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To: DollyCali

What a beautiful tribute to your Dad, Dolly.


75 posted on 05/26/2008 9:32:01 AM PDT by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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Thank you, Dolly, for your wonderful story of a great father. I enjoyed every moment of it. I did not know you joined the Navy. You know my husband was in the Navy when we were married. I told him I fell in love with that cute little sailor suit...LOL! He served 4 years and I was with him for three of those years.

Thanks again for the tribute to your father.


113 posted on 05/26/2008 5:00:07 PM PDT by jaycee
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To: DollyCali

BTTT


163 posted on 06/13/2010 12:54:47 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is...Tell the storm how big your God is!)
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