Dedication of Korean, Vietnam
and Desert Storm Memorial
The Naval Officer as Football Coach
The Washington Post
By Dave Sell September 5, 1986
Welsh grew up in Coaldale, Pa., smack in the middle of coal country. His widowed mother still lives in the town that once had 8,000 to 10,000 people but has far fewer now due to closing of mines. Welsh's father was an electrician for the Lehigh Navigation Coal Co., and worked mainly above ground.
"I never went down," Welsh said of the mines, "But a couple of my uncles worked down in the mines. I'd see the black in their eyes and under their fingernails. They never got it out.
"The guys would come off the night shift at 8 in the morning and go have a couple beers and a shot before going home. That was tough work, boy, real tough work."