Gene and Paula Hawkins on their Wedding Day

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Gene and Paula Hawkins on their Wedding Day

Gene and Paula Hawkins on their Wedding Day

January 16, 2018

Gene and Paula Hawkins wedded on September 5, 1947 in Logan, Utah.

Listen as World War II veteran Gene Hawkins describes the source of the silk used for the wedding gown worn by Paula Hawkins in this excerpt from an oral history interview with Mr. Hawkins at Villa Serena on May 15, 2017.

LISTEN Part I (18:18) (Text highlights from audio.)

And a little side bar story, at one of those plants, a colonel gave me a parachute... and maybe you know that Japanese silk that comprises a parachute is very high quality. The silk products they excelled in. So, I didn't know what to do with this parachute, but I shipped it home to Paula and at this time she lived in Logan, UT. And I thought nothing of it. But to finish the story, I'll show you a picture when we married in September 1947 in Logan, UT where she had moved to.

And unbeknown to me her mother had taken all the silk out of it and had made it into a wedding gown... so that's an example of bringing home not a pistol or relic such as that, but a device that became Paula's wedding dress...

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