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A Poignant Reminder
This video is such a poignant reminder that for many hundreds of thousands of families, reunions such as these were never to be. Walking through the USAAF Cemetery at Madingley, Cambridge in England or any of the 26 American military cemeteries across the world, or indeed the military cemeteries of all nations, is a sobering experience: we read the names of those whose abiding wish was surely to be back home in the arms of their families.
What candles may be held to speed them all? Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes. The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall; Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds, And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds. Anthem for Doomed Youth: Wilfred Owen, October 1917
This is a brilliant diary kept by a Crew Chief on a fighter bomber squadron in North Africa and Italy. It's a personal and insightful commentary on the life of a young man who left America for his experience of a lifetime. Touching, funny, perceptive.
Covering every single Operation worldwide 1941 - 1945, this magisterial piece of research is an essential source for researchers.
Irlene Mandrell's Song 'Thanks To You'
Jack O'Connor - whose moving account of recovering US servicemen who died in captivity in Vietnam is given in our story 'They touched our heroes for the last time' sent us this song by his friend Irlene Mandrell - the youngest of the three famous Mandrell singers - that will surely touch your heart - 'Thanks To You'. That's our Jack in the leather jacket, and those are his medals in the display box... surely we can say 'Thanks to you, Jack O'Connor'. We are proud to be your friends.