I wanted to share this family photo of Howard Keyes with the community. Location: Unknown. Date: unknown.
This was a photo Howard sent to his family, meaning his sister, Dorothy, and his mother, Florence, who I called Grandma Keyes.
This is by far my favorite photo of him, clowning to make us all back home smile. The three in uniform are so wonderfully un-uniform! Howard brought so much humor and goodwill to us, and also had a big heart. He built a wheelchair out of one of our dining room ladder-back chairs (with a lock for stability) for Grandma Keyes who lived with a broken hip for a very long time. He mended things, took care of his tools, told amazing stories, was patient with my pleasure at his visits and took time to explain things. I inherited his steel tape rule and other tools on his passing.
Questions: What do the four stripes on his sleeve mean? (If I know, I can match it to his muster status and perhaps learn about when the photo was taken.) What is the rank of the man with the hat insignia but no stripes? And why is my uncle's hat plain?
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