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 Posted: Thu Feb 28th, 2008 04:05 pm
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My father tried to enlist in the Army (twice) but was rejected because of his hearing.

My father-in-law was a navigator for the first two years of the War ferrying aircraft over to Europe, the Pacific islands and eventually China.  The last year of the war he spent in a supply base in Western China that supplied the Flying Tigers.

After much urging from his daughters (and me) he recorded his WWII memoirs - which he calls his memories.  My wife just finished retyping the latest version.  The first time I read it, it sounded like a travel log.  Navigators doing what he did had a lot of free time at their destinations.  So he had stories about visiting the Pyramids, the Taj Mahal, Africa, South America, etc.  Very little about what he actually did.  I asked him why he told the stories about where he had been.  His answer was that he didn't think people would be interested in the details of his flying experiences.  I told him that is EXACTLY what people are interested in.  He still has a great memory and was able to give lots of valuable information.

He is 86.  I am thankful that he took the time to recount his experiences.  It would be a great service to give other WWII vets the same opportunity.  As Tom Brokaw said these men and women are truly "our greatest generation." 

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