Tag: POW

And So It Began . . .

At 17, Melvin M. Heckman joined the service as a Naval Aviation Machinist Mate. In this role, he needed to know everything about every aircraft he might repair or refurbish. After basic training, he chose his first assignment: Ford Island, in the middle of Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii. Heckman

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Some Hours Later . . . Target Philippines

World War II’s veterans, especially those, that became prisoners of war, have much to teach us about living our lives.  For the men serving in the Pacific, their God, their strength and willpower kept them from eternity as they persevered through the inhumanity of their captors. Life as a prisoner

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