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March 06, 2009

My Father Asks for Nothing

A WWII veteran gets one last look at a B-24 Liberator, the same type of bomber he flew in as a ball turret gunner.

My father was a ball gunner on a B-24J Liberator bomber in the Pacific during WW2. He rarely spoke about that. My father and his confreres considered themselves part of a thing greater than the sum of their parts in it --or so it seems to me -- and more or less did what was expected of them as a sort of unpleasant chore, kept themselves safe as much as was practicable, amused themselves when possible, and got back to being regular people as soon as they could.

Part of a thing greater than the sum of their parts in it. Well, yes, and no. Their greatness is perhaps a simple thing, but it is greatness.

May he rest in peace.

via The Man of Substance


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