Tag Archives: World War I

Gladys Ingle

There was once a time when flying airplanes was really fun and truly free – free in the sense of a lack of regulations. This period was short-lived, lasting less than a decade. During the time from the end of … Continue reading

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The Dawn Patrol

In World War I, the fighters went out at dawn. In short order, the fighter pilots and maintenance crews began referring to this early morning mission as “The Dawn Patrol.” The pilots would rise early, breakfast, and then go out … Continue reading

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Memorial Day

Today is a day set aside for remembering and giving thanks to the women and men who have served and died in our military so that we may live the lives we live. I could have been one of those, … Continue reading

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Flyboys

OK, have you seen the movie, Flyboys? If not, why not? You call yourself an aviation aficionado, right? Well then, you have to see this movie. The amazing thing about the movie is not the story, but story of these … Continue reading

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The Passing of Frank Buckles

Frank Buckles has passed. He finished his work in this life last Sunday. He was 110 years old. In 1901, he was born in a Missouri farmhouse on the first day of February. He lied to recruiters to get into … Continue reading

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The Last Doughboy

Sometimes a story reaches out, grabs you by the neck, and demands the telling. This is such a story. Frank Woodruff Buckles will turn 110 years old today, February 1, 2011. That alone is cause for celebration; what is of … Continue reading

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The Eve of Christmas Eve

We are beginning such a wonderful period. By now, most of us are in the process of forgetting our jobs, ignoring negative world events, focusing on family, and maybe thinking about the meaning of Christmas. I would hope we are … Continue reading

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107 Years

A century plus seven years. It is almost too much to comprehend, especially when you give some thought to the amazing accomplishments which have taken place since then. It was 107 years ago today the Wright Brothers officially “cracked the … Continue reading

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Eric, Gone West

My friend, Eric, has “gone west.”  In World War I when a soldier died, his comrades placed his body on a caisson with the others who had died and the caissons passed other soldiers on the way to the rear … Continue reading

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Roundtoits

Through the middle of Saint Augustine is a street only two tenths of a mile long.  The name of the road is Hypolita Street and on the northwest corner where Saint George Street crosses Hypolita stands the Columbia Restaurant.  Somewhere … Continue reading

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