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Thursday, November 13, 2008
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From the clipping above:
Recently discharged from the air forces with 154 points Daniel “Dean” S., the first Bridgeporter to participate in a B-2 air raid over Japan, was able to celebrate, for the first time in 5 years, a birthday at home. He was 24 years old on November 13th.
A former technical sergeant, aerial engineer and tail gunner, he holds the air medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, The Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Presidential Unit citation, four battle stars and the Purple Heart. The latter was received for wounds sustained for bailing out of a plane in combat over Osaka, Japan. He was the only survivor.
The vet of 5 years of service, 42 months of which were spent overseas, is credited with 29 missions in the Pacific and 600 flying hours. He participated in the Burma-China campaigns, the air offensive campaign over Japan, and the Formosa and Yawata raids.
While on the Yawata raid on Japan in June of 1944 he and his crew were forced down in free China and escaped the Japs. Of this flight he wrote “I wasn’t as scared as I thought I would be on the mission, even when we were over the target and the search lights caught us…when the ack-ack started firing at us, I watched it with a strange fascination. It came closer and closer, I heard the bombardier say “bombs away”.
“We finally got out of the target area but about daylight developed engine trouble and were forced to land at an emergency field in free China. We were near the Jap lines and right after we landed an enemy observation plane spotted us. Later two Jap pursuit ships came over and staffed us with machine gun fire…No one was hurt though….”
Born and raised in Bridgeport, Daniel was graduated from the Sanata Maria Incoranata elementary School and Lindbloom High School. Daniel enlisted in the air corps at 18. He received his basic training at Chanute Filed, Ill., and then left for active service in the Panama Canal Zone. In April of 1943, he returned here and went to Great Bear Kan., for further instruction on the mechanical details of the B-29. From there he transferred to an advanced air base in Tucson, Ariz., and then to India.
S. hopes to go back to school under the GI Bill of Rights.
Now what this story does not go into detail about, is the fact that his plane was shot down over the Pacific during combat over Osaka…he did in fact bail out as the plane had been and survived after floating in the Pacific Ocean with a gash in his thigh that was easily 12” long for a number of hours. The story also does not detail that 11 men died that day…everyone in his crew perished except for my Dad. He was the lone survivor.
This fact would go on to haunt him for the rest of his life. My dad passed away in 1990 at the age of 69 from cancer.
He was miraculously picked up by a US sub which was in the area. The medical staff on that sub, saved his life. The crew gave him a white sailors hat which they all autographed. My husband had it framed in a box for me. I display it proudly in my home.
I recall sitting at his knee when I was a child..hearing only bits and pieces of the story of his service. He never embellished the stories; he never said disparaging remarks about the enemies of that war. He didn’t often talk about it at all. But we knew…we had seen the scar and we and we had heard his screams in the middle of the night when he had his nightmares. But he never complained. It was simply what he had done to serve his country.
My father visited the families of every one of those other airmen after he was discharged. They were his best friends, his buddies, and his family. He told them what brave men their sons, brothers and husbands were. Many of those families wrote him letters to thank him for his visit. They let him know, that having met the man who saw them last was somehow comforting and that they were happy that he had lived, even if their son died that day. He kept all of those letters. I have read all of those letters. They are beautiful, incredible and humbling.
He saved many mementos from his service, photos, passes, meal cards, NCO Membership card, etc and articles and pictures of his fallen buddies. I have all of it. He of course saved all of his medals, which my brother has now.
I just wanted to share this incredible story with you, dear readers and friends. I hope that each one of you will say a prayer for all the brave men and women that have died in service to this great country of ours.
You know..my Dad always said to me, that there must be a reason that he alone survived that day….I couldn’t agree more.
~ I originally posted this a year or more ago, but I thought I would re-post it. You see today is my Dad's birthday, he would have been 87. I miss him and honor him today and everyday. I love you Dad.~
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
I thought she might be able to use an extra set of hands for a few days...so off I go. I'll be back next week...no doubt exhausted myself..but any excuse to be with my grand kids is OK by me.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Wind: NW 15 mph Dewpoint: 33°
Visibility: 10.0 miles Barometer: 30.22 in Today's Forecast Evening Clear 58° Morning Clear 52° Sunrise: 7:27 AM | Sunset: 6:41 PM
Rest of Today
Sunny...breezy and cool. Highs around 70.
Tonight Mostly clear. Cooler. Lows in the lower to mid 50s.
Wednesday Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
'If the light stays on for more than 4 hours, call your electrician.'
Redneck Fire Detector....
Have a great day!!
Friday, October 10, 2008
The old rancher said, 'Well, ya know, Palin is a post turtle.'
Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a post turtle was.
The old rancher said, 'When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle.'
The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued to explain. 'You know she didn't get up there by herself, she doesn't belong up there, she doesn't know what to do while she is up there, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put her up there to begin with.
Saturday, October 04, 2008
I'm not going to lie, I am ready to be home again..we're a tad road weary...Comfort Inns, Westin, Country Hearth...are all fine and dandy but I miss my Tempurpedic and I miss my healthy home cooking.
But I must say the trip has been grand. Washington was really great..we saw almost everything and walked for miles. The weather was mild and sunny.
Headed to the Luray Caverns..which were everything I had imagined...AWESOME..and Monticello was beautiful.
We've been with our 7 grandchildren and will be on the road tomorrow...and should be in my own bed tomorrow night.
Thanks all for checking on me..and sending me birthday wishes...I'll post pictures soon..
Friday, October 03, 2008
I'm 50 years old today!
WOW!!!!!I can hardly believe the number, because it sure doesn't feel as if that much time has gone by.
It's been a wild ride...so far....
I'm looking to have another 50!
Still on the road..and having a great time!
Friday, September 26, 2008
So a few days ago, I found myself yearning for cooler days and whining..I mean blogging about it...I ended my post with "I need a road trip"..
As of this writing (Friday night) My hubs and I are planning on taking that trip and we are leaving Sunday. I'm hoping nothing prevents us from heading North...but I am keeping a weary eye on the Hurricane belt..and I just heard on the news that there is no gas avaiable in some places in the southeast..and of course..the country as a whole could be facing uncertain death caused by the financial crisis (maybe not... but thats the way the Prez made it sound)
We don't care...damn it...we are going anyway!!
Firstly, We really do want to meet our newest grandchild in North Carolina AND my 50th Birthday is next Friday and those cooler days have been on my mind so we thought we'd combine it all into one big road trip.
We are driving Northward to the tune of 1100 miles to our Nation's Capital, Washington DC. We're staying 2 nights there and plan on seeing as much of the city as we can. I found this fun trolley tour. I love hokey stuff like that! Plus we can get on and off whever and stay as long as we like..so that's cool.
From Washington DC we are heading west to The Luray Caverns in Virginia. I've always wanted to see those and for whatever reason on our trips up or down the I 95 corridor between NJ and FL we never made the stop. Granted its a bit off the beaten path..but anyway...I have always wanted to go there. So we will!
From Luray, we'll head south to Charlottesville Va and visit Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's Estate. I'm a big fan of T Jeff and his home looks absolutely gorgeous as does the area surrounding it.
After Monticello we'll head southward again to visit our Children and grandchildren in the Raleigh area..and celebrate my 50th!!! I can think of no better way to mark the occasion then to be surrounded by those kids, eating cake and wearing a homemade hat, as is their tradition.
All in all it promises to be a nice get-away...the weather will certainly be cooler and I will get the chance to see some sights with my husband.
I think we are going to like this empty nesting!!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
You say stop and I say go, go, go
2.Tin soldiers and Nixon's comin'.
We're finally on our own.
3.Ive been walking in central park
Singing after dark
People think Im crazy
Ive been stumbling on my feet
Shuffling through the street
Asking people, whats the matter with you boy?
4.Cold late night so long ago
When I was not so strong you know
A pretty man came to me
Never seen eyes so blue
5.Ive seen your picture
Your name in lights above it
This is your big debut
Its like a dream come true
And when you smile for the camera
I know they're gonna love it
6. You need coolin', baby, I'm not foolin'
I'm gonna send ya back to schoolin'
Way down inside, a-honey, you need it
I'm gonna give you my love
I'm gonna give you my love, ohhhhhhh
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
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Wednesday, September 03, 2008
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Thankfully I am prepared..and have been through this before..and most importantly, this isn't even named yet..so chances are it won't be too bad..but it's a reminder that some things are just out of my control. The universe keeps sending me this message...maybe I should start listening.
Have a good weekend..I'll keep you posted.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Ok I know my blogging and commenting are sporadic...but thats just the way it is during these lazy, hazy, crazy dayz of summer.
We had a great visit with the grankids this past weekend. I played numerous games of gofish, Blokus, The Game of Life (as if I needed a game board for that), swam in the backyard pool, swung children around like airplanes by their arms, played wiffle ball (I did fairly well),shared my extensive knowledge of baseball with my oldest grandson Pierce who is 12 and just started collecting Topps cards. I even surprised myself, knowing so many players and who they played for or were traded from etc... I think YOU'D be impressed. The weather was delightful in the Raleigh area. Mid 80's with low humidity and Carolina blue skies...yumm-o. I hated to leave. But back to reality I must go.
I've been playing around with limewire..having heard Janis Joplin today on XM 40..I was inspired to download most of her album Pearl. I love Janis...so talented...and yet so tragic. I thought you might enjoy this timeless rendition of Summertime I found on youtube:
Other than that...just busy being leelee and all that goes with that.
Friday, August 08, 2008
This photo is a couple of years old already!!
That infant in my arms is already 2 1/2!!!!
Have a great weekend bay-bays!
The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon (self-explanatory sing along tune)
Thursday, August 07, 2008
He cast readers of his blog in starring roles in a movie of his life. This guy is absolutely the best at this stuff.
In any case..since this is MY blog...I'll share that he picked Kristin Davis (of Sex and The City fame) to play me.
What do you think?? Think he captured the true leelee essence?
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Well ok, I have been doing a couple of things..
Hubs and I have been riding our bikes each night. We are re-exploring our neighborhood and like to bike to the beach as well. 6-7 miles a night after dinner. Its fun and great exercise. After we get home we plunge in the pool..we've really been enjoying that!
Lets see, this weekend our daughter turns 20 and we are all celebrating in North Carolina with our 6 grandchildren and their Mom and Dad. My step daughter is expecting #7 in September. We love that large family and love being a part of all the controlled chaos. So we are flying up on Saturday morn and returning Monday night. We had to work around daughters days off. I wish we were going a bit longer, but we'll drive up after baby comes!
I have been reading an interesting book called Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier, you may remember that he is the author of Cold Mountain. Its a period piece set in the Blue Ridge Mountain area at the beginning of the 19th Century. Very descriptive and interesting. The story revolves around the adventures of a boy of 12 who is orphaned and basically sold off to a man who runs a trading post on the edge of Indian Territory. The boy runs the trade post by himself and is befriended by Cherokees. Pretty interesting
Since there is very little on TV save for the usual drivel..I have been renting DVDs from Netflix. I am currently engaged in a great series that is produced by Showtime. Its called The Tudors and is about Henry VIII early in his reign as King of England. Its a great story and is punctuated with terrific costumes, good looking and sexy characters, lots of trysts and intrigue. Just my cup of tea. Worth a rent.
I am also totally addicted to Swingtown as you know. I can watch that On Demand , which might possibly be one of the greatest creations of all time!
Been doing some gardening....even in the heat. We have been growing pineapples and I have been transferring lots of baby aloe plants to pots around the yard. I am trying to incorporate plants that require little or no care from me. Works best because I get lazy about such hobbies as gardening. The pineapples and aloe can go a long time between waterings and pretty much take care of themselves. The pineapples take a bout a year to grow but man are they worth the wait. You cannot believe how sweet and yummy they are. If you've had them in Hawaii, then you know. WOW..awesome!
Not blogging too much, just lurking mostly and not even doing much of that..but I'll be back in the groove soon enough.
Thats all the news that's fit to print. Hope you are all having a swell summer.
Friday, August 01, 2008
I think you'll agree that this is one sweet version of a rockin' tune. I've also included Aerosmith's version for you purists..
Have a wonderful weekend!!
Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
U.S. combat deaths in Iraq plunge to new low
Drop to levels not seen since early '04 underscores overall fall in violenceThis news makes me happy. Whether one voted for the surge or not...or anyone was right or wrong on it. This is wonderful news...the surge worked....time to get out of there..
Thursday, July 24, 2008
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Friday, July 18, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
From folks with the most interesting names like:
and those are just a few. I know I am not alone in this...you get them too. But this particular note caught my eye:
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Fuck beer! Got sexy girl?
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Honestly I want to have a job that requires you to drop large sums of hallucinogens and then think up names and texts for spam. That is some major stuff...ok...maybe I don't...but still. Amazing. I'm thinking that perhaps VE wrote this. It's FANTASTICAL!!
Friday, July 11, 2008
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Saturday, July 05, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
However, while I have 24 hour endless commercial free music in my car..I occasionally want to pop in a CD. At the present time I have about 6 CD's. Thats all that will fit in my console. Here are my choices at the present time:
- Bruce Springsteen - Magic
- Joe Jackson - Jumpin' Jive
- Led Zeppelin - How The West Was Won
- Grateful Dead - Dicks Picks #15 - Englishtown NJ, September 3, 1977 ( I was at this concert so I am sure I hear myself in the applause)
- Robert Plant & Alison Krause - Raising Sand
- Joni Mitchell - The Hissing Of Summer Lawns