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Crocodile Attack!

A little known fact of the Solomon Islands campaign of World War II, is that some of the casualties were due to crocodiles. The swamps and rivers in those jungle isles abound with the largest and hungriest of all the … Continue reading

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Uncle Herb’s Story–Complete at Last!

If I have done my job as a writer well then you will see what it really means for heroes to go and fight and bleed and die to protect the ones they love. Continue reading

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Writing–too busy to blog

I just plowed my way through the central description of Herb’s gun battle with Japanese Zeros bent on avenging his torpedo bomber striking a destroyer of the Imperial Japanese Fleet. Continue reading

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Flight of the Avenger

My Uncle Herbert’s World War II story is a classic American tale of military bravery and sacrifice. I’m busy writing it now. Continue reading

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Sober Thoughts At Pearl Harbor

What if you had been there and seen those bomber squadrons roaring in to wreak their carnage? Continue reading

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Hail to the Hero!

My Uncle Herb was one of those young men who volunteered the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed. He went to the Navy recruiters and requested training to become a fighter pilot, no doubt with dreams of shooting down those who had attacked our fleet. Continue reading

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Herbert Hopp’s Story Published!

“Herbert Hopp’s Story” is a tale of military achievement but it’s also a tale of pain and suffering. Long before the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) had even been coined, my uncle was deep in its throes. Continue reading

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Unsung Navy Air Heroes of Guadalcanal

I’ve found a first-hand account of the engagement in which Herb’s plane was shot down, his pilot and bombardier where mortally wounded, and he was shot full of metal fragments and bullet holes. Continue reading

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A Rave Review!

I may not have won the grand prize, but my entry in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association annual literary contest garnered some raves from one of the judges. Continue reading

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VGS-12 at Guadalcanal

I’ve continued to pursue my Uncle Herb’s valiant, if ill fated, World War II record. Delving into unpublished war records and archives, I’ve been able to trace him to his arrival at Guadalcanal in the heat of the battle. Continue reading

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