Chapter Twenty-Seven

The years following Harry’s birth were good ones. The war ended later that year, and thousands of young men returned home from Europe and the Pacific. By 1947, both Nancy and Heidi were married, Heidi to the young man who had been sent home because of injury, Nancy to an actor who had appeared with her in a movie in 1946. Jack and Rose welcomed five more grandchildren into the world by 1956, one belonging to Gregory and Emily, the others, two each, belonging to Nancy and Heidi.

Libby chose not to remarry, but instead pursued a career as a scientist, making several important advances in the field of medicine, and in the study of radiation. She left Chippewa Falls late in 1945, moving back to Philadelphia.

Andrew had been too young for World War II, but he was just the right age for the Korean War, coming through unscathed and quickly rising in prominence in the military. He was very proud of the military industrial complex, so much so that his siblings were often heard to call him insufferable.

The 1950’s were both a time of prosperity and a time of fear, of Communism, of nuclear war, of the threat of the Soviet Union, but the Dawsons weathered the storm, continuing the same level of prosperity and happiness that they had known for so many years before.

In 1960, Jack and Rose’s first great-grandchildren came into the world within a week of each other--Peter Georges, the son of Moira and her husband, Terry, and Elizabeth Calvert, the daughter of Paul Calvert and his wife, Francine. The Calverts lived not far away, in Pittsburgh, and Jack and Rose saw a great deal of this great-granddaughter.

Life was good to Jack and Rose, in spite of their "insufferable" military son and the trials of being the parents of a teenager so late in life. Tensions rose when the Vietnam war began and Harry showed a great deal of opposition to it, while his brother Andrew supported it whole-heartedly, but they were confident that they could weather this storm as well.