january 1942: great-grandpa phil marton’s cma diploma

I recently scanned my dad’s, Phil Marton’s, diploma from the California Maritime Academy. Although I have already added it to an earlier post about my dad’s career in the merchant marine, I thought it would be worth posting it again and writing a few more things about it. (To take a closer look at the […]

grandpa phil marton’s career as a merchant marine officer

Recently I received an email request from my old school, the California Maritime Academy, asking me to send updated information about myself for the new edition of the school directory of graduates, which will be published soon. I updated my information as requested, but instead of sending a writeup about my own activities, I thought […]

“the three boys”

The three pictures shown here sit in frames on the table next to my bed. Each night before I turn out the light, I take a look at each photo and contemplate each of “my boys” as I think of them. The pictures are of my dad, my son, and my grandson. The picture of […]

great-grandpa philip

On this date in 1957 (October 2, 1957, fifty-five years ago today) my dad passed away. He died of a cerebral aneurism, a condition that could have almost certainly been treated successfully with modern medical techniques — but was not really treatable in 1957. My dad was only 36 years old when he died. He had served as an […]