William Cameron was killed in action on Guadalcanal. The picture of my Father kneeling at his grave in Guadalcanal has been in our family album for years. I remember looking at it as a young child. After William’s death my Dad vowed that if he ever had a son, he would name him William Cameron Bobik to honor the memory of this young man who gave his life for his country.
This is my brother, William Cameron Bobik. He served two tours of duty during the Viet Nam War. Bill has much better hair than I do even though it is short in this picture taken during his time in Viet Nam. Sorry, I just had to inject a little humor into this family saga. I have always envied his full head of thick hair. He is two years younger than me and I admire him very much. Family is everything to him.
Bill’s son is named Paul Cameron Bobik. I love his hair too.
Paul has three lovely children. His son’s name is Seth William Bobik and one of his daughter’s name is Chloe Cameron Bobik. Paul and all of the other grandchildren loved my Mom and Dad. They were grandparents of extraordinary warmth. It has become important to honor their memories.
Jennifer, Bill’s oldest daughter named her first born son Clay William. Jennie lived across the street from her Grandparents and was a great help to them in their later years. She also has great hair. Damn! Am I the only one with bad hair?
Morgan is Bill’s youngest daughter and the one responsible for posting all of the pictures of my Dad and her Dad on Facebook; again great hair. She also lived close to my parents and loved them dearly. When my son Michael was considering the name Cameron for his new son he contacted Morgan to ask her if she wanted to use it for any of her future children. She graciously gave Michael her blessings.
So we have come almost full circle with the name. It is a bittersweet story but I kind of like that we have linked my Dad’s name (which is also my son’s name) with William Cameron’s name. Cameron Michael is the name of my new Grandson and a name that I am sure would please my father. As my brother said, “He is smiling at all of us from above.” His legacy will be with us always. Thank you Michael and Kristen for honoring him in this way.