John Dwight Bridge, second son of Laurence Durkee Bridge and Mildred Jones Bridge, was born in 1919. He had graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and had attended business school in St. Louis at the time he joined the U.S. Navy.
His submarine-chaser was sunk by a German mine in the Mediterranean in 1943 and all on board were lost. Being the “artistic type”, and a fine violinist, he had been baffled about what profession he had wanted to pursue. He never had the chance to make that decision.
Dwight, as he was called, is listed on the roster of the service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. His chapter was Beta Xi.
A poignant memento of parents’ grief- verso of the portrait
Dwight still has two “baby sisters” living, Helen and Fonnie. They remember little tidbits here and there about their much older brother.
One Christmas, when he was stationed in California, he sent the family a big box of presents. Each of the two girls got a sweater.
The girls also remember sitting at the dinner table with Dwight (and all the seven children and parents). They remember that he liked the grape skins grown on their father’s farm, but not the flesh! They remember the way he would sit and think at the table with one hand propping up his forehead and shading his eyes.
They remember him coming home in his white uniform. Somewhere in Sicily there is a memorial for Dwight and all his fellow sailors lost at sea on that submarine-chaser.