To crash-land in the Bay of Bengal was dangerous at night (we were apprehensive) but of more concern to me was the wounded on board. The Bay of Bengal was full of man-eating barracudas and they were attracted to blood, which we had a lot of. Before I left the cockpit to make the radio call, I instructed the co-pilot to contact each crewmember and inform them that…

 
 

UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU After graduating in June 1941 from the College of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. with a bachelor’s degree in political science, I didn’t need to worry about how I was going to put all that knowledge to work for me. While my long interest in world geography and history made the foreign service look to…

 
 

All the Way Story by Christian Knutson of Swan Valley High School It was the early morning hours of June the 6th, 1944 – D-Day! The noisy C-47 was filled with paratroopers waiting to begin the assault on Fortress Europe during World War II. As the airplane flew over the French coast, anti-aircraft weapons opened fire. Through the noise of the aircraft and the burst of anti-aircraft shells, the jumpmaster’s commands…

 
 

World War II Experiences Seabees, Pearl Harbor George W. Larson of Altoona, Iowa, during World War II (WWII), was assigned to the 135th United States Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees). On March 17, 1944, Larson entered WWII, giving up his job at an arms plant in Ankeny, Iowa, departing Des Moines, Iowa by train. He was assigned to Company 351-444, Camp Waldron, United States Naval Training Station, Farragut, Idaho, near Lake Pend…

 
 

World War II Memories It was two AM and the night duty Non-Com had just stuck his head in the door of our hut awakening the six of us who had just hit the sack less than an hour before after a night and ay of revelry in London. We weren’t supposed to fly today but the mission called for a maximum effort for our squadron. Our radio operator was really hung-over…

 
 

Tribute to a Soldier I’d like to tell you a soldier’s story… There was this guy a long time ago who was sent to war. Didn’t like the thought of it very much, never thought in 1939 he’d ever have to kill someone or in 1943 wind up at a place no one, not even he, knew of its existence. But he did have to kill people to defend an idea…

 
 

Woman’s Airforce Service Pilot Class 44W3 Hanging Flyer People who know I flew airplanes in the 5th Ferry Command for the Women’s Air Force Service pilots during World War II often ask me if I had any scary experiences. They inquire, “Did you ever get scared?” (more…)

 
 

GUSS RAZORBACK IN LITTLE ROCK The sleek black hull was stark in contrast to the gaily bedecked red and white paddle wheeler Arkansas Queen. Both vessels were tied to warfs across the Arkansas River near each other at North Little Rock. Viewed from an upper floor in The Peabody Hotel on the south bank, the river is alluring. A long string of gravel barges was being pushed under one of…

 
 

Obituary FROM: EMERALD COAST FUNERAL HOME Phone: 850-864-3361 Fax: 850-864-2483 Adanto A.S. D’Amore, M.D. (Col, USAF, Ret.) known as “D” or “Dr. D” to his many friends and acquaintances passed away peacefully on April 28, 2009 with his family by his side. He was born in Introdacqua, Italy on May 21, 1913. D, his mother and brother joined their father in Youngstown, Ohio at the close of WWI, where he attended high…

 
 

This is part of the first chapter that makes up the military profile of my deceased husband. Having only one liners to work with, searching the internet linked me with seven comrades that served with him. Three of them opened the world of rigging (packing) parachutes and validated the once unknown. A complete package of his experiences and the environment wherein he served was a Christmas gift for his…