Friday, April 4, 2008

Permission Letters to Wed

You have heard of people younger than 21 who have had to get permission from their parents to get married. (To sign for them) Well, even though Jack and I were both approaching 30 we had to get permission from our bosses in Frankfurt, Germany to get married in Basel, Switzerland! We laughed about it at the time. We could see them asking for a letter from our parents but from our bosses! Holy Cow! Anyway here's what our bosses wrote:
Joann's principal, Mr. Templeton wrote:
This is to certify that Miss Joann M. G......... is a Department of Army Civilian assigned to the USDESEA School System and is located in the Frankfurt Germany Elementary School #1. She has been an employee of the Department of Defense Oversea Schools for six years and after researching her records there is nothing to indicate that she is other than of the highest character. After two years of personal contact the undersigned can personally attest to her professional competencies, integrity and character.

It is indeed a pleasure to recommend Miss G........ as an excellent teacher and an outstanding person. I have no reservation in recommending that her application for marriage be approved.

This is what Jack's boss, Dan C. Crowley, the associate district manager of the European Army Audit District, wrote for Jack:

Mr. Jack S........, an employee of the European District, U.S. Army Audit Agency, is free to wed Miss Joan G........., a U.S. citizen.


judypatooote said...

Oh my gosh, what a riot....I have never heard anything like that, but then I am from the USA....I love your picture and I love the letter from the principal....isn't it funny how long yours was, and how short Jack's was...letter that is......LOL..... judy

Jack and Joann said...

That was something eles we chuckled over. I got two nice paragraphs from my boss and Jack got one sentence. Mr. Dan Crowley was a very nice man but just extremely brief in his commentary.

fishing guy said...

Jack and Joann: What a funny post. It's a good thing you didn't post it on April 1st because no one would have believed it.
I watched the Buckeyes all the way in the NIT except last night. I forgot they were playing. Thanks for telling me they won. I would have read it in the paper and been surprised. At least they carried home a basketball trophy this year.

Wanda said...

Oh my goodness, I surprised that your boss didn't want to marry you!!

That was so fun to read ~~ what a hoot!

Anonymous said...

Gosh. I had forgotten about these things. I remember, in Japan, in the early 1950s, a soldier wanting to marry a Japanese had a long row to hoe and sometimes the marriage was refused though I don't know the details.

Thanks for being first to post a comment on my blog this morning.

I managed to post about my hospitalization adventures. Hope you get to read it.

Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio

Melissa said...

Oh my...I've never heard of such a thing, but when my parents got married my Dad had to have his Mom sign for him, he was 21, my Mom though was only 18 and didn't have to have a parent sign for her...go figure!

FORT said...

Hi Jack and Joann! I just wanted to stop in and thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I've redeployed and am now back home. I'm still posting, occasionally, until I figure out how to wrap up the "FOB-Hopping". Regardless, I pray for the safe return of your loved one who is deployed. -Sam

rogerhartsell said...

Any chance you remember a teacher (1st grade I think) from Sukiran School circa 1961 by the name of Larry D. Peterson? I was a student in his class. We lived on Okinawa from 60-62. My mom also was an administrator for the preschool at Kadena in that time.

Roger Hartsell