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About jenorv

John E. Norvell is a retired Air Force Lt Colonel, decorated air combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and former Assistant Professor of American and Military History at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has written freelance for the Washington Post, the Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, and for several newspapers around the country.

Saftety Supplements

Yes there was an Air Force safety supplement to everything, here is the one to   HIGH  FLIGHT Air Force Supplement 1 OH, I HAVE SLIPPED THE SURLY BONDS OF EARTH (Surly bond slipping will be performed only by two … Continue reading

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A Whole New World

2018  is a memorable year for me.    In 1968, after a stint in graduate school, I began my full time Air Force career. My initial duty assignment was to be in Washington, D.C. I had orders to report there … Continue reading

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Punxsutaney Phil and me

Originally posted on An American Family:
Did you ever wonder where Phil lives? You have seen him on TV, I am sure, “living” in a fake tree stump, but you know that’s not where he really lives. Phil is probably…

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Murder in the Family

A distant cousin of mine, William Walker Norvell,  was a member of a prominent Beaumont, Texas family. By the 1920s he was married to a woman named Aurelia H. Adams ( 1866-1928). She would meet a violent end at his … Continue reading

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The Chamber of Horrors

OK I lied, it was not that bad– or was it– read and you decide. Periodically as aircrew members we were required to undergo training in the altitude chamber. It was not something that any crewmember relished. The goal was … Continue reading

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Christmas in War Time

Originally posted on An American Family:
Christmas is such a family time, its easy to forget that there are folks who will not experience it with loved ones. For me that occurred during the Vietnam War. My wife and I…

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The Great Divide – Real vs Fake Christmas Trees

America it seems is divided into two opposing camps – those who have real Christmas trees and those who don’t. Even within our small family this dynamic played itself out, and I might add still does today. We always had … Continue reading

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