Daddy’s Good Luck Charm – a story for 80th Anniversary of D-Day

Daddy’s Good Luck Charm – a story for 80th Anniversary of D-Day

While not directly about D-Day, this brand story features a WWII soldier and one of the most famous brands in the world then and now

Daddy’s Good Luck Charm

The day after Christmas 1944, Kevin Bell left his family’s Oaktown farm for the World War II battlefields of the Pacific.

In his duffel bag along with his clothes and some personal things he took six bottles of Coke.

The first time he got homesick, he drank one as it reminded him of life back on the farm. He shared four more with fellow soldiers whilst in Burma.

And the last bottle?

Well, he never opened it. He carried it back to the farm, where it sat for more than 30 years on the mantelpiece in the living room.

An image by Dawn Childs from The Prisoner and the Penguin – my first published book of brand story

When the farmhouse caught fire in 1990, Kevin, by then an old man, rescued it from the burning building – one of the only material possessions he fought to save.

Kevin has since passed away, but his daughter Iris Bell keeps the bottle on her kitchen counter.

”Daddy always said it was a good-luck charm, so I keep it here and my daughters will get it when I’m gone.”

And the moral is great brands make emotional as well as functional connections. What emotion does your brand evoke?

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