When Steve Meentemeyer saw “All Of The Ladies Love A Man In Uniform”, the Classic Photo from the January 20 edition of The Nashville News, he saw his whole family, including a younger version of himself, staring back at him.
“The service member is my brother, his name is Vernon,” said Meentemeyer. I’m the little boy looking up at him. It’s my whole family, except for my sister (Evelyn Randall).”
“The gal looking up at him is his wife, Susan (though just his fiance at the time of the photo), Henson” Meentemeyer added. Also in the photo are the Meentemeyer parents, George and Elsie.
The photo was taken in August of 1965. Vernon was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force following ROTC at SIU-C.
“He’s Doctor Meentemeyer now,” Steve said of his brother. Vernon eventually received his PhD in Geography at SIU-C. He and Susan live in Georgia now, where he is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia (he is retired).