Some of my fellow historians were caught in the path of Hurricane Ike and are struggling with the lack of electricity, food and water.  How would you handle such a crisis?

One woman’s 89-year-old father is a veteran of WWII. His experiences during the war include his submarine’s reconnaissance of Iwo Jima prior to the invasion. He lives in Baytown (east of Houston) and his house was severely damaged in the hurricane. The eye of the storm traveled through his neighborhood, toppling seven huge trees in his yard, including one (30 inches in diameter) which tore through his home office and the bathroom next to it. Fortunately, he had evacuated to his son’s home in Austin so he wasn’t hurt, but it’s going to require a major effort to repair his house.

He had been scheduled to be a panelist for a WWII symposium at the National Museum of the Pacific War (Nimitz Museum) to speak about his war time experiences. Although he could have easily backed out, he was determined to fulfill his commitment. So, just a few days after the trauma of losing part of his house — including many of the papers he’d been working on for the presentation — he attended the symposium and spoke to the attendees.

The human spirit is capable of strength, clarity and wisdom. Each person has this spirit within him or her, regardless of the situation.

In your family, who has set such an example?

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