TOM FARVOUR OF Ripon holds a portrait of himself from his days in the Air Force. He’s one generation in a line of Farvours from Ripon to serve.
  Ian Stepleton  photo
TOM FARVOUR OF Ripon holds a portrait of himself from his days in the Air Force. He’s one generation in a line of Farvours from Ripon to serve. Ian Stepleton photo

     VETERANS DAY MAY NOT be just an opportunity for Tom Farvour of Ripon to remember his own service in Vietnam. Or even his father’s service in World War II.

     For Tom, it may be a chance to recall that he’s but one link of many to have served in America’s military.

     “I remember seeing a picture of my great-great-grandfather in his Civil War uniform,” Tom said, noting the Reuben Farvour was an infantryman. “He was injured … when an artillery round went off too close … He [later] came back to Ripon and made an honest woman out of the girl that he left in the family way.”

     Then there’s Louis Farvour, Tom’s grandfather, who served in World War I.

     “[He] started off as an artillery officer and then switched over to flying,” Tom said. “... He never made it across the pond; the East Coast was as far as he got, and then the armistice was declared, so he never had to face the Red Baron or anybody like that.”

     And Frank Farvour, who passed away years ago but likely is remembered by plenty of Riponites?

     “Dad was Signal Corps. He got over to England, and he was behind things ... He served time in Holland. He got to Dachau after the war with him was over. But I think he said there’s one time he was in harm’s way ... but other than that I don’t think he ever even saw German soldiers unless he was a POW …

     “[I once told him] that had he stayed active, he would have retired with at least one star. He disagreed and said he was just enough of a rebel he would have had his Eagles as a colonel but that was it.”

     But Tom? Tom never saw himself as a military guy … until he was. ...

     To read the entire column, see the Nov. 7, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.