#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Bearded

Last week’s topic, “bald” reminded me of my dad’s family. Bearded just reminds me of my dad, William D. “Bill” Hahn. He always came back from a three- or six-month naval voyage with a beard.

The first photo was taken in April 1971 at a submarine ball in Dunoon, Scotland. I was five years old at that time. My dad was 36.

When we first went to Scotland, he was on the USS Canopus submarine tender. When one of the radioman on USS James Madison had a family emergency or some such, daddy moved over to take his place, and he was on subs for his sea duties the rest of his time in the Navy.

Other subs he was on were the USS Woodrow Wilson and the USS Finback.

Daddy grew a beard again, for a while, later in life. I have a couple of pictures from church directories, and I’m sharing one of them here. I don’t have the specific year.

When he got older and his beard turned white, it really shows the nicotine from his smoking. If I could have changed one thing about my dad, it would have been that. I really believe it contributed to his death from cancer, and I have to wonder if the second-hand smoke stunted my growth. It was really his only bad habit, though.

About Taminar

When I grow up, I want to make movies and write books. Now in my 50s, I wonder if I'll ever really accomplish the dreams of my youth. I have made two short films, one for a college film-making class, the other for an MTV-sponsored contest. I have written short plays that have been produced, and a few short stories and reviews that have been published. I also perform and direct for community theatre. My working life has included stints in local TV news, public relations, retail management and cashier, and for a couple of years, I made the rides go at Walt Disney World. I have two cats and a husband.
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