Posted 5 years ago
My dad, (first row, 3rd from the left, pict#2) whos 90 yrs. old this yr., couldnt remember if this was tken at a training camp (on the east coast) or in england, where he was stationed as a bombader & tailgunner in the 8th army air force on a B-17. Like many soldiers, he had a forged birth-certificate stating he was 2 yrs. older than he really was. Its hard to believe that before this, he had never been more than 20 miles away from his parents (built from native rock & whatever they could find) home in Poteau Okla . Now hes a 17 yr. old (just) country kid being shot at with 88mm ant-aircraft flack guns over Germany. 3 tours, countless missions, afraid to make any friends, knowing most wouldnt finish the war, he became a MAN , met my mom & tried to bury the experiances of his time served. I was 30 before he ever felt comfortable enough to "re-live" his time spent in the air. He still, to this day, wakes up occasionally in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. I know i speak for every American when i say "thank you dad"