Tag Archives: World War II

The Fortunes of War: A Veteran Remembered

Memorial Day 2015 It was back in the old neighborhood. My friends and I were all of twelve and thirteen years old at the time. We spent a good deal of time just hanging out on the corner with nothing … Continue reading

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To Hell and Back

For what it’s worth: My brother was a medical corpsman in the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington. While there (1954) he and his outfit participated in filming a scene from Audie Murphy’s autobiographical movie “To Hell and Back” … Continue reading

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The Babysitter

  My father worked many years at a factory on the Second Shift. Because of his schedule, when I was awake he was usually asleep. When he was at work or awake and puttering about the house afterwards I was … Continue reading

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The Hyphen War

The psychological disorder and descriptive diagnosis of PTSD has undergone a gradual evolutionary change of labels over time but it is still essentially the same disorder; it’s still the same disease. Variously named, PTSD was called: Shell Shock (in World … Continue reading

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Hollywood Heroes

Hollywood heroes? I don’t have any. I never did. In the aftermath of World War II I grew up on John Wayne movies. There was a host of Hollywood heroes to choose from, like Van Johnson, Gary Cooper, James Stuart; … Continue reading

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I, Pope

Perusing the Internet I glanced at an article about the recent conclave of Cardinals to choose the new Pope. The article said the Pope doesn’t necessarily have to be a priest. While partaking of a lenten fish fry (St. Florians’ … Continue reading

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The Imaginary Lion

It is a common misconception of childhood; this imaginary lion. The story as I heard it: A third grader takes a geography quiz. In answer to the question “What is the equator?” he wrote:  “The equator is an imaginary lion … Continue reading

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