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Do It Now

Mar 24, 2015 No Comments by

Living history has a shelf life, and the expiration date cannot be extended. I’ve been interviewing WW II veterans since the early 1970s when I got serious about writing history, and it’s been a bittersweet experience. Anyone who’s made a career documenting aviation (or anything else) will tell you the same thing: you make older [...]

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DC-3 Gooney – Memories of First Flight

Jan 20, 2015 No Comments by

Everyone has a first flight: Mine was in a Gooney Life is a million episodes stitched together to form a ragged continuum. However, regardless of how many episodes are involved, there is always the first one. This is especially true of those of us who have lived a sizeable portion of our lives in the [...]

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Veterans Day and Me: A Personal Essay

Nov 10, 2014 3 Comments by

Although Veterans Day has the stated purpose of remembering the vets and those in uniform, in reality it means different things to different people. For some it is the half-off sales that surround us. For me, it reminds me of one of those could-of-should-ofs that will always haunt me: I never served in the armed [...]

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Fourth of July: The Birth of a Nation, Celebration of a Culture

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments by

Eleven score and seventeen years ago, our great, great, great, great, great, great. great grandfathers put their butts on the line to create a new nation and, to follow Abe’s words more precisely, the new nation was “…conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Although he was dedicating [...]

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A Day to Remember and to Honor

May 23, 2014 No Comments by

This is going to sound trite, because it IS trite. It is me, representing the old fashioned, hardcore America, once again reminding the Nation that Memorial Day is not about hot dogs, baseball games, or making cannonball splashes in the pool. Memorial Day is about white stone monuments reaching to the horizon. Each with a [...]

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The Fourth of July: Celebrating The Original “Greatest Generation”

Jul 03, 2013 No Comments by

To most, the Fourth of July is a montage of red-white-and-blue images: warm days, fireworks, patriotic words, barbeques and bright and hopeful celebrations. Only a few remember the men behind the day. Only a few celebrate the real “Greatest Generation.” I’m not the first to recognize that the much-heralded WW II vets are definitely not [...]

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From the Same Zero?

May 21, 2013 No Comments

Mr. Pilkington’s letter in the June issue reminded me that a souvenir I have may be from that same Zero (“Classics,” February 2013). My brother, Lt. (jg.) John R. Shinneman of VF-10 made a courier flight to Aslito Field on 26 June 44 from Enterprise (CV-6) and brought back a Zero throttle handle (shown below [...]

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Getting a Name Correct

May 21, 2013 No Comments

Another fantastic issue, congrats to you and the staff! Found the following to bring to your attention, the photo caption on page 49 is incorrect in that the man on the left is David Hanson, Collections Manager, USS Midway Museum here in San Diego. By now you must have more than a few comments on [...]

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