My Life-Long Quest for my World War II Airman Father

The title "Carrying Fire" is taken from Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, in which Sheriff Ed Tom Bell talks about his own father. “I had two dreams about him after he died. I don’t remember the first one all that well. But the second one it was like we was both back in older times and I was on horseback goin through the mountains of a night. Goin through this pass in the mountains. It was cold and there was snow on the ground and he rode past me and kept on goin. Never said nothing. He just rode on past and he had this blanket wrapped around him and he had his head down and when he rode past I seen that he was carryin fire in a horn the way people used to do and I could see the horn from the light inside of it. About the color of the moon. And in the dream I knew that he was goin on ahead and that he was fixin to make a fire somewhere out there in all that dark and all that cold and I knew that whenever I got there he would be there.”

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Vera Lynn, "We'll Meet Again." A popular WWII song and also the ending of "Dr. Strangelove."

Monday, August 15, 2016

Newly found photo of my dad (in cap) along with John Daniels at Basic Pilot Training, Minter Field near Bakersfield, CA. This was sent to me by Daniels grandson, Kort Nyland. Thanks, Kort. The second photo shows my dad at upper left and John Daniels at lower right.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Some grainy 8 mm film narrated by the man who shot it during 1944-45. Good views of an 8th AF base. planes in flight, and the English countryside. 52 minutes long and worth it for those who are interested in these matters.
Harley Russel Stroven 1st LT, Armaments Officer, USAAF, 8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group, 835th Bomb Squadron, Sudbury, England, Station 174. Harley R. Strove...

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

P-51 Mustangs.  .What a great plane! My favorite model as a kid.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memorial Day 2015. Granddaughter Nicole decorating her
Great-Grandfather's grave.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Battle Stations B17 Flying Fortress

44 minutes long and a good view of B-17 history and experience of the crews.