Photo Story: A New Career for Dad

Henry A. Shenette, 1960 Yearbook Photo 
(Stockbridge School of Agriculture Yearbook Privately Held by Cynthia Shenette; Text Copyright (c) 2011 Cynthia Shenette) Dad fought in 11 major battles during World War II and managed to come out unscathed.  After all he had been through during the war, ironically he was severely injured in a training accident while teaching at the Naval School in Newport.  While working with a new recruit Dad got his hand almost completely torn off in a piece of gun machinery on ship.  Thankfully, there was a doctor at the Newport Naval hospital who my mom praised as one of the pioneers of reconstructive surgery.  The doctor managed to reattach the torn part of my dad's hand, and despite a infection and long hospitalization Dad recovered use of his hand.  Unfortunately, he did not recover enough to be able continue as a gunner with the Navy.

Dad retired from the military in 1957 after six years in the U.S. Army and 15 years in the Navy.  Mom said Dad was somewhat at a loss as to do with the rest of his life.  While he was in the Navy my mom had encourage him to complete his high school equivalency.  Dad decided to continue his education at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture where he majored in floriculture.  He graduated in 1960 and became the first person in his family to obtain a college degree.  He eventually operated his own successful landscaping business.  He was still actively working as a landscaper when he died in 1985 at the age of 69.

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Kristin said...

What a change in career! I'm glad it worked out well. And congratulations on your daily posting! have you made everyday? I missed a few.

Carol said...

Nice piece Cynthia. Well done.

Cynthia Shenette said...

Kristin - LOL. You are right! It was quite a change in career. My dad ran his landscape business with military precision! The guys in his crew towed the line or else. Thanks also for the congrats! I missed three days, but I cheated and did two posts on three days. Good for you for keeping up as well! It hasn't been easy.

Carol - Thank you for the comment and the compliment! I appreciate it!