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Sidney Alvin Lee - U.S. Army Airborne Ranger

In 1955, Dad died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage, and for the rest of Mother’s life, she couldn’t decide whether to blame his death on his wild ways or his love for spicy food.  I don’t know much about Father’s wild ways, but I assure you Mom was the best cook in the south.  She learned in her mother’s restaurant in James Alley next to Parrish Prison in New Orleans, and my whole life, I watched her work Cajun miracles with the food she had available to her. 

Dad’s death was hard on our family.  As the eldest, I knew my father better than my brothers and sisters, and I loved him, but a great many things have happened since in my life, and it’s difficult now to recall how much pain I felt at his passing.  I was acutely aware, however, that Mom now shouldered alone the responsibility of working and raising six children, and I recognized how difficult rural life and the lack of services had become for her.  Therefore, I was not surprised when two years after we buried Dad, Mom moved the family into the city and took an apartment in the Calliope Projects. 

  • Sidney experienced his first traumatic event in early adolescence with his father’s sudden death.  Although he does not recall the pain felt at his father’s passing, the unexpected loss of a loving and supporting parent is extremely traumatic and possibly causative for a host of acute and/or chronic mental disorders. 


1. Racism in the Military
2. Tossed into a River
3. Dad's Death
4. MLK
5. Jump school
6. Rosie Marie
7. A lot of action
8. The world turned to shit
9. Attacked from three sides
10. Green tracers
11. The last day
12. PTSD symptoms kick in
13. Too petrified to move
14. No support from Uncle Sam