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Robert Sparks, former B-24 Liberator bomber tail gunner, 93rd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force.  Veteran of the famous Ploesti raid, Aug 1st, 1943.  Sometime after Ploesti, Sparky took a 20mm flak round hit in his tail turret over Germany.  After he bailed out, he was taken prisoner when he landed.  He said that the German doctor, who removed the chunk of flak from his backside (which he said he still has), was drunk when he operated on him.  He spent the rest of the war as a PW in camp Luft IV.  Taken on the 64th anniversary of the Ploesti raid, Aug 1st, 2007, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Former B-24 Liberator bomber navigator George Temple, 44th Bombardment Group, Ploesti bombing raid vet, Aug 1st, 1943.  Due to battle damage to his plane, he had to bail out over enemy territory and was taken prisoner.  When the hospital in which he was being treated for a broken ankle (from the parachute landing) was accidentally bombed by Americans, he escaped through the rubble, and in a few days, with two other wounded American PW's, he made it back to Allied lines in Italy.  He later attended British escape and evasion training, after which he returned Stateside and taught E & E to American flyers.  Taken Aug 1st, 2007, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Ben Kuroki gives his remarks after the premiere of the documentary about his life in the Army Air Corps during WWII - "Most Honorable Son" - was shown for over 600 invited guests in the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska on Aug 1st, 2007.  A painting of Ben during his WWII days is displayed behind him.  Check out the film on the night of its national premiere on PBS, Mon, Sep 17th, at 8:00p CDT.
August, 2008.  Honor guard rendering honors as they wait for the casket bearing WWII veteran Ned Wells to pass on its way to his grave site on a hillside cemetery in his native Haywood County, North Carolina.
Boatswain's Mate Jonathan Harris and Seaman Shawn Monroe await the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu's (LHA 5) approach to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast combat support ship USNS Rainer (T-AOE 7) for a connected replenishment.
Sub Base Barracks 654 Paquet Hall, (U shape building) Pearl Harbor HI - Front Lawn Pool Area.  CINCPAC/CINCPACFLT was berthed on the third floor (in the center section shown here) with lanais in the front as well as in the back which overlooked the parking lot and PX.  Notice in the center the Gedonk truck with the Coca Cola sign.  It would make a couple of visits a day . . . pretty popular around 8 p.m. for that late day snack!  I remember great 'sub sandwiches' from the truck!
CINCPAC/CINCPACFLT Headquarters Building, Makalapa Drive, Honolulu HI.  Closer view - Southeast (Rear) and Northeast (Side) Elevations. July, 1966
An F-15E Strike Eagle soars over the mountains of Afghanistan in support of Operation Mountain Lion on Wednesday, April 12, 2006.
An F-15E Strike Eagle flies over a forward-deployed location in Southwest Asia. Aircraft like this are capable of monitoring battlespace with their targeting pods.
Boom Boom Rock, on the road to the top of Monkey Mountain.
Robert Sparks, former B-24 Liberator bomber tail gunner, 93rd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force. Veteran of the famous Ploesti raid, Aug 1st, 1943. Sometime after Ploesti, Sparky took a 20mm flak round hit in his tail turret over Germany. After he bailed out, he was taken prisoner when he landed. He said that the German doctor, who removed the chunk of flak from his backside (which he said he still has), was drunk when he operated on him. He spent the rest of the war as a PW in camp Luft IV. Taken on the 64th anniversary of the Ploesti raid, Aug 1st, 2007, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Robert Sparks, former B-24 Liberator bomber tail gunner, 93rd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force.  Veteran of the famous Ploesti raid, Aug 1st, 1943.  Sometime after Ploesti, Sparky took a 20mm flak round hit in his tail turret over Germany.  After he bailed out, he was taken prisoner when he landed.  He said that the German doctor, who removed the chunk of flak from his backside (which he said he still has), was drunk when he operated on him.  He spent the rest of the war as a PW in camp Luft IV.  Taken on the 64th anniversary of the Ploesti raid, Aug 1st, 2007, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Robert Sparks, former B-24 Liberator bomber tail gunner, 93rd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force. Veteran of the famous Ploesti raid, Aug 1st, 1943. Sometime after Ploesti, Sparky took a 20mm flak round hit in his tail turret over Germany. After he bailed out, he was taken prisoner when he landed. He said that the German doctor, who removed the chunk of flak from his backside (which he said he still has), was drunk when he operated on him. He spent the rest of the war as a PW in camp Luft IV. Taken on the 64th anniversary of the Ploesti raid, Aug 1st, 2007, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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