Independence Day – July 4th

In honor of the 4th of July….. and although it’s not Memorial Day or Veteran’s Day, in honor of those who’ve fought for independence past and present.

 

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WWII Era – Pacific Theater

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Dad on the wing of a PBM5 seaplane – WWII

 

Dad on the wing of a PBM5 seaplane. WWII

 

 Young 21 year-old – 1942

 

Dad 21 WWII 1942

 

Dad in the rotating gun turret of a PBM5 seaplane. World War II, Pacific Theater (Philippines, Bora Bora, China)

 

Dad in the rotating gun turret of a PBM5 seaplane. World War II, Pacific Theatre (Phillapines, Bora Bora, China

 

Dad on the propeller pontoon wing of the PBM5 seaplane that he crewed

 

Dad on the propeller pontoon wing of the PBM5 seaplane that he crewed.

 

Chief Petty Officer – early 60’s – he was instrumental in setting up the Sikorsky Helicopter schools across the US for the Navy in the late 50’s / early 60’s

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