Does anyone know where this photograph could have possibly been taken?
That’s my grandfather. He died when I was barely three months old.
I found this photograph a few years ago and I could swear it has “Indy” written on the back. Matt and I are planning a trip to Indianapolis this summer and my only must-do while in the city was to find this monument. This morning I realized that the monument shown in the photograph is not the monument I thought it was, the Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument located at Indianapolis Memorial Circle. There is no way they are the same.
I’ve scoured every photograph album and keepsake box I can find just so I can get my hands on the original photograph, to find out why I believe it says “Indy” on the back (if, in fact, it actually does). Of course, the photo is missing.
Is this a memorial for the USS Indianapolis, sunk by torpedoes in 1945 (highly unlikely, but worth a shot)? Is this another anonymous monument located somewhere in Indiana? Is Indy the photographer? I’m so confused. Especially because my grandfather fought in World War II and I have another photograph of him in Belgium, where he and the pilot were shot down (Grandpa was a tail gunner).
That pretty much means this photograph could have been taken anywhere in the world.
I’m not sure why this is eating at me so badly. Maybe because I have never met the man, yet I have had dreams about him in his Army uniform. Learning anything about him has been difficult. It was only after Elle and I visited the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler, Georgia, that I learned my grandfather was a part of this group. So even while I was there walking the halls and strolling the memorial gardens with names immortalized in granite, I was among his people (some still alive and providing tours of the museum!!), yet I had no idea. Getting to know anything about him seems impossible. My grandfather seems so frustratingly untouchable…unknowable.
I need to find out where this was taken.