American History in Real LifeMovies in the past have often shown characters that were touched by historical events. Yet sometimes, the truth is often more fantastic than anything Hollywood can devise. These stories of real people show how the events of the past touched their lives. Some times the stories are dramatic, sometimes simple, but all in all they weave a tapesty of the richness of the American experience.
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Category Archives: Alaska
The cold air rushing down from Canada today, its about -3F as I write this, reminds me of when I attended Arctic Survival School in Alaska. From 1974-1978, I flew air intercept missions in the F4 Phantom II out of … Continue reading
The transition to winter here in the North East made me think of our time in Alaska. When we lived in Anchorage, winter came early, nearly always at the end of September. It was then that there appeared what the … Continue reading
During my 23 years in the Air Force, I moved 9 times. Most moves were uneventful, but every now and then… In 1973 as we traveled across Texas it was late at night when we finally stopped. It was almost … Continue reading
In Alaska it was a challenge to drive in the winter. Although snow was not a major issue in Anchorage, cold weather often was the downfall of many vehicles. 40 years ago, long before it became common in the … Continue reading
Flying the F4 E aircraft in Alaska was especially challenging, given the unforgiving terrain and the wide range of temperatures that the birds operated under. The winter of 1970-71 was the first winter that the F-4E aircraft were exposed to … Continue reading
Flying in Alaska was always amazing. The scenery was spectacular, but also challenging. Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage was located off the end of the Knik Arm, one of the two branches of the Cook Inlet. The other branch, the Turnagain … Continue reading
There has been a lot in the news lately about celebrities and politicians who inflated their participation in combat. Others, who were never in the military, passed themselves off as veterans. This has been called “Stolen Valor.” But in a … Continue reading