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family lore Essay

  • Submitted by: sacul
  • on December 9, 2008
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 510 words

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This is a story about my grandfather Eugene "Gene" Mitchell, known to me as papaw Gene. Papaw Gene was Mom"s Dad. Papaw was born on February 7, 1938 in Yukon, West Virginia. Yukon is in the Appalachian Mountians and back in papaw's youth the major industry was coal mining. Papaw didn't want to be a coal miner so he dropped out of hihgh school and joined the army for two years. After his discharge he and Grandma Rita knew they didn't want to live around the mines. So like lots of other young couples they took off to earn a living in Washington, D.C. Papaw decided he wanted to be a police officer and was accepted into the police academy. He became a park police in Prince Georges County in Maryland. I remember him telling me about the Martin Luther King riots that happened in Washington, D.C. on April 4, 1968. Earlier that day Martin Luther King had been assassinated and the rioting was full blown. Grandpa Gene and his department were stationed on the Maryland-DC line with orders to shoot to kill. On the horizon toward Washington, DC, the skies were orange with flames from the burning buildings in our nation's capital. My grandma Rita worked at the telephone company in D.C. She was working when the riots began and was trapped. My papaw Gene went into D.C. to "rescue" her and five other workers. They couldn't have gotten out without a police escort. As they left the building they looked down the street and coming at them was a gang of rioter with baseball bats, stick, rocks, etc...busting out windows and creating havoc. They all made it out safely, but the memory of the terror of that day stayed with them for the rest of their lives.
A few years after that event, my papaw was injured during judo training classes. He has several surgeries on his back but eventually had to take a disability retirement. My grandparents moved to North Carolina to escape big city life to finish raising their family. Papaw thrived on excitement, and being "in" on the lastest rescue...

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