While searching through the pictures of our trips to Washington DC for the veteran reunion’s, I came across these pictures of Jesse. The first one was taken on our first evening at the reunion with soldiers from Ft. Hood who presented the colors. I thought she looked so tiny in the midst of the soldiers, but I was surprised that none of the guys even talked to her. They were very polite in posing with her, but did not speak to her at all. The second picture was taken at the reunion banquet with our friend, Capt. Jeff, who had recently returned from dropping bombs on Baghdad and was then stationed at the Pentagon. During the banquet Jeff got much attention with his dress blues and medals. The veterans were all over him wanting to take pictures with him. Many thought that Jesse was his date and some even thought she was his wife. One veteran and good friend of my uncle’s came up, pointed at Jesse and said, "How old is she?" At that time, Jesse was 21. When I told this to the vet, he exclaimed, "You’re kidding! Yesterday,I thought she was about fifteen, but when I saw her tonight, I was not so sure anymore!" Aha, now I understood why the soldiers had not spoken to her. In her jeans and t-shirt, she looked like a little girl. In her little black dress at the banquet, she looked much older.
Side note: I have posted other pictures of Jeff - plane pron as Laurie said. He is now married and stationed in Alaska.