Hello to my Logan County neighbors and friends. Another week has flown by. I have now lost a total of 80 pounds and feel so much better. I have gone down in pants and shirt sizes. I do not want to pay higher prices for big sizes. I am also working hard to improve my Type 2 diabetes by taking off the weight. It is so nice to climb 21 steps each night and not be winded when I get to the second floor of my home.
A Little History – The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor over 75 years ago was the beginning of a long and costly war with Japan. It was a shock to the American public and the world. The American Military Command decided something had to be done to convince the Japanese that they had made a huge mistake. Our military put together a secret plan to bomb Tokyo and the Japanese nation.
James Doolittle was put in command of the secret mission. An aircraft carrier was prepared for the very special mission. 16 B-25 planes were modified to fly from a carrier ship and to transport large loads of bombs. Each plane carried a crew of five for a total of 80 airmen.
74 years ago this very special event began. The aircraft carrier sailed as close to Japan as it could. Then each plane took off with their crews and their bombs. One by one the planes flew over Tokyo and dropped their bombs and in the end shocked all of Japan and the world. Japan was not invincible and hundreds of thousands of Japanese died. The event gave millions of Americans and even more millions of citizens of the world the belief that there was hope for an allied victory in the future.
That was only part of the story. What many Americans did not understand was that the 16 American aircraft did not have enough fuel to get back to safety. One by one they crashed in the ocean or crash landed usually in enemy territory. Some brave Americans died in the process, some in the ocean, in prison camps or crash landings on beaches and in jungles. All died heroes!
After the war a great tradition was begun. The survivors began meeting annually. Each year they meet in a different city. There is a set of silver goblets, one for each crewman, 80 in total that are on display. An airman’s name in graved on their individual goblet. The goblets are always put on display when the annual reunion is held. For those still alive their goblet is upright. For those dead their goblet is turned down.
This weekend the four survivors will meet for their final official meeting in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. This will commemorate the 74th year of the famous bombing. The survivors are all in their upper 90s. Unofficially they may meet one more time to drink a toast from a bottle of wine that has been waiting nearly 75 years.
Oh, how I wish I could be there! Some of the last American heroes from World War II. Men we all should salute. God bless them all.
For those of you who like movies there is an outstanding one called “30 Seconds Over Tokyo” starring Spencer Tracy and Van Johnson. This tells the above story and will give you a better understanding of the events.
With A Smile I grew up in the days of a comic strip feature named “Dennis the Menace.” There was also a TV series and several films made about the character. A few days ago I was at the grocery and who should come down the aisle but a little fellow who looked like Dennis the Menace with his horn rimmed glasses as well. His name is Creek Long and he is 3 years old. What a bright young fellow. He is sharp as a tack and will carry on a full conversation with you. Close behind was his father Justin Long, mother Ashley and little sister Caddie. When I asked Creek what he wanted to do in life he immediately told me he wanted to be a cowboy. He also loves to wear his boots. I am told Creek is close to being the real Dennis the Menace.
Creek’s mom is a full time house wife and his dad works for Pennyrile Electric. On the side his dad likes to coon hunt and does stump removal. If you need a stump removed contact Justin Long at 270-847-2814.
Act of Kindness – Thank you Carole Kees for you recent acts of kindness. You are a wonderful lady!
Time to go. Good night sweet ladies and good night Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.
To contact Dick Dickerson about the Logan County News, call 615-389-5495 or email [email protected]