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Joining Them on the Journey

Joining Them on the Journey

Whose footsteps are you walking in? Who left you an example to emulate? Dad wrote that his life was made easier by choosing to follow in the footsteps of his brother, Dr. Irwin K. Stone, M.D. (1920-2008), an internist in Watertown, New York. Irwin built model...

When Do We Call It Quits

When Do We Call It Quits

Some organizations need a funeral because their purpose has expired. Take for instance the Hump Pilots Association(HPA). It officially shut its door in 2005, sixty years after it was organized for the purpose of keeping the bonds of service in the...

Labels, Racism and Change

Labels, Racism and Change

Eric Metaxas’ book 7 Women and the Secret of Their Greatness contains a chapter about Rosa Parks, the mother of the U. S. Civil Rights Movement. When I read it, I realized that Dad and Rosa were in Montgomery, Alabama in 1941 when Dad attended flight school at...

A Giant of a Mentor: Dr. George Hoyt Whipple, M.D.

A Giant of a Mentor: Dr. George Hoyt Whipple, M.D.

Mentors come in many shapes and sizes. One of Dad’s mentors at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry was the founding Dean, Dr. George Hoyt Whipple, M.D. Dad graduated the same year Dr. Whipple stepped down as Dean. Dr. Whipple was a well-known...

Training, training, more training!

Training, training, more training!

James D. Murphy wrote in Business Is Combat about the importance of the United States Air Force’s pilot training program. “No other organization in the world, civilian or military, has structured itself as successfully, trained its people as appropriately, or...

It Took A Miracle

It Took A Miracle

After I trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation in August 1970 during the Jesus Movement days, I became acquainted with the John W. Peterson song It Took a Miracle.  Forty-six years later I learned from the first volume of the “China Airlift”- The Hump” (1980) that...

Mom’s Connection to the Root, Elihu Root, That Is

Mom’s Connection to the Root, Elihu Root, That Is

My mother was one busy bee growing up. Besides her many educational, recreational and musical activities, she made scrapbooks as a teenager that proves her busyness. She saved all kinds of programs, ticket stubs and newspaper clippings from 1937 to 1942 when she...

The Stone That Flew Over the  Hump Needed a Crew

The Stone That Flew Over the Hump Needed a Crew

Dad flew the Hump from October 1944 to April 1945 as a pilot and copilot. Flying a C-87 or C-109 was not a one-man job. Dad needed a crew to succeed in transporting aviation fuel, parts, other kinds of supply and personnel on round trip flights from Tezpur, India to...

A Crew That Flew Everywhere

A Crew That Flew Everywhere

Dad and his crew departed Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday, September 24, 1941 in a brand new C-87 (44-39271), made in Dearborn, Michigan. The C-87 was a cargo version of the B-24. The first stop was at Morrison Field in Miami, Florida. Dad’s copilot Lt. Roland E....

Hump Movies: Sep 1944 – May 1945

Hump Movies: Sep 1944 – May 1945

The United States military provided entertainment to its personnel and movies were one form. Lt. Roland E.Speckman was my Dad’s copilot to India in September-October 1944. He mentioned the following movies in his letters to his wife Mary. He viewed a couple of the...