Smile

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William Arthur Ward said, “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”  Looking at the smiling face of the man who sat for these photobooth images definitely leaves me believing that he was a kind man.  I hope I’m right!

I rescued these photobooth images from eBay.  Burton D. Day enlisted in the United States Army Calvary in 1940 and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

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The son of Burton and Cuba (Brooks) Day,  he grew up in Snyder, Scurry County, Texas, where his father worked as an automobile mechanic.

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After his honorable discharge from the military in 1945, Burton settled in Morenci, Arizona where he worked for 45 years as a train engineer for the Phelps Dodge Mining Corporation.

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Twice married and the father of four children, Burton outlived both of his wives, Irma (Williams) and Billie, as well as his oldest son, Burton Douglas, who died just two days before him.  When Burton died at the age of 95 on August 23, 2015, he was survived by his son Michael and two daughters, Linda and Patricia.

Sources:
Census records
Eastern Arizona Courier
U.S. WWII Draft Card
U.S. WWII Army Enlistment

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