A 52-Week Photo Journey

… Mary Nell Moore's Photography

Week 28 – #18. I Had A Dream

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From my previous post, you know that I visited the Sarasota Airport when the historic World War II airplanes, the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and P-51 Mustang Fighter were in town.  I chatted for quite some time with a World War II veteran, Bill O’Brien, who told some interesting stories of his years serving our country. He returned from World War II as a combat-wounded infantryman and became a four-sport letterman — track, cross country, basketball and baseball at Central Normal College, renamed Canterbury, in Indiana.  When he was no longer able to run, he poured his passion into bowling and carried a 172 league average well into his 80s.  Always looking for thrills, he celebrated his 85th birthday with a tandem jump out of an airplane.  Although turning 89 in 2014, he is still quite active.  Bill bowls weekly in a bowling league and is writing a book, “Life of a Dogface – World War II Infantryman,” which he hopes to have published in 2014.  While telling some amazing stories about the beaches of Normandy, he turned around,  pointed to the B-24 Liberator and said, “Although I was in the fox hole, I always had a dream of being in the B-24.”  He is one of six still living out of 120 in his unit.

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/08/05/4144143/eastword-column-bradenton-resident.html#storylink=cpyQuite active for a man 89 years old, Bill  still bowls every week in a bowling league; and is writing a book entitled, “Life of a Dogface — World War II Infantryman,” which he hopes to have published by April, 2014.  While telling stories about the beaches of Normandy, he pointed to the  B-24 Liberator and said that although he was in the fox hole, he always had a dream of being in the B-24.  He is one of six still living out of 120 in his unit.

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Author: tnwaltz

A true Southerner, I was born in Georgia but lived most of my adult life in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 2001, my husband and I retired and moved to beautiful Sarasota, FL. We quickly realized that we were not retirement material and could not play golf two or three times a week so we got our real estate licenses and affiliated with Coldwell Banker on Longboat Key. My love for photography is very beneficial to me when photographing interiors and exteriors of the homes we list. Other than photography, I have a keen interest in genealogy and golf (whenever I can find the spare time from our real estate practice).

5 thoughts on “Week 28 – #18. I Had A Dream

  1. great photo and even greater story behind it – thanks!

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  2. Great capture of the theme. I forwarded this to another WWII vet. Thanks….

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  3. Great capture and story

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  4. Thank you for sharing his story. Great vivid colors, also!

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