Tag: WWII

Hatred Dies Hard

 

ToraToraTora1970When I was a young man, my hometown in the Midwest was introduced to pay television. Warner Cable introduced Star Channel, the direct precursor to The Movie Channel. It offered 10 movies a month, with just one offering a day, shown six times in a row, starting at 9 AM. It changed my family’s life.

Dad was a steelworker and money was always tight. If we were going to pay for something as extravagant as cable TV we were going to watch. So, on many nights, dinner moved to the living room and we watched movies while we ate. It was the first time I had ever heard the F-bomb come through the television (Chinatown) and also the first time I ever heard it pass the lips of my mother.

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Late in 1944, OSS sent my Dad and his buddies in Field Photo to Washington, D.C, to spend several weeks with Signal Corps, learning to use their serious cameras. After that would come Catalina and then CBI, but at this point they had photography lessons on the Mall, and practiced all over town. Here are […]

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I know it is a cliché, but sometimes being a hero means being a stubborn man with an unpopular opinion in the right place at the right time. General Lucius Clay was just this sort of man. Due to antics at West Point, when his class skipped its senior year to serve in WWI he […]

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Country Club Sues WWII Vet over Petty Property Dispute

 

Virgil Wesley has lived in his modest Kansas City area house since 1995. Now, a posh county club is suing the 86-year-old World War II veteran over the placement of his garage. According to the Brookridge Country Club, a corner of Wesley’s small garage crosses onto their property and Something Must Be Done.

Family members say Brookridge Country Club is suing Wesley for $75,000, because they allege 60 square feet of his garage is on country club property, according to a survey. “I thought somebody was crazy!” Wesley said, “I’ve been maintaining it all these years!” “He’s a WWII veteran, he’s 86 years old, he’s wheelchair bound, he has no money, no ability to hire an attorney, and they know that!” said Virgil’s daughter, Louanna Davis.

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