“My father, Lt. Col. (Retired) Jack Terzian, lived in Abilene, TX after returning from 4 years in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Served at Dyess AFB until his retirement. Born in 1919, died in 2013.
He was four years old when he immigrated with his family from Turkey to NY. Joined the Army Air Force when he was 24 to become a P-47 fighter pilot. A chance meeting in the credit department of a Richmond department store led to meeting his dream girl.
Shot down twice in WWII – captured once in Belgium & imprisoned but escaped being sent to a concentration camp on the Phantom Train. Named his plane after his sweetheart, Marty, who he married as soon as he returned stateside.
Three kids and many moves across the country and continent provided us a taste of the world. Mama said we had to learn all these ‘manners’ because there was no telling who we might have dinner with. They were married 69 years before Daddy journeyed on, with Mom joining him in 2018. Always our hero with his kind heart, eager smile, fierce loyalty, and a desire to see that we didn’t have to struggle like he did.
Oh, and always upon walking into the house, even when he couldn’t walk on his own, his ‘Can I fix you a drink?’ rings in my heart.”
– Toni Wellhausen
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