Reflections

USA In Good Hands With Current Generation

By Charles Cooper

Hello everyone, hope you’re having a good week.

In a recent column I asked if anyone had information about Delay, and my friend Jim Allen replied.  He sent me an email showing natural disasters and train wrecks, and it mentioned that a tornado hit Delay in 1896.      There was no further information as to casualties or property damage, so we are left to wonder as to the  size of Delay, or if it recovered from the tornado.  

Jim is retired from the Air Force and he sent me an article form the Air Force Times that stated that cadets could resign at the Christmas break in their first year, if they so desired.  The article from a cadet stated why he chose to stay in and his pride in being a part of the Air Force and its part in the war on terror.  

Even though I was not career Air Force, but a “short timer,” I felt a tremendous pride in the caliber of young people who will be the leaders in the future.  As I’ve said before, I believe we will leave the country in good hands.  

Before there was an Air Force Academy, the officers came from West Point, OCS, ROTC or from the flight school at Randolph Air Force Base.  I remember when a site was to be chosen, they had the actor, Jimmy Stewart a Brigadier General in the Air Force Reserve, and Charles Lindberg, who was famous for the first solo flight from New York to Paris in 1927.          

Incidentally his grandson replicated his flight a few years ago.  By this time Lindberg was out of favor due to his anti-war political views prior to World War II.  Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had a long memory, refused to allow Lindbergh to enter the armed forces.

However, Lindberg went to the South Pacific as a private citizen and was instrumental in testing and improving the P-38 fighter that flew a long distance to shoot down Admiral Yamamoto who was the architect of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

It was years later before Lindberg’s part was known even though he had flown some combat missions and shot down some Japanese planes.  Even though I think his political views were naive and ill-timed, I still respect what he accomplished in the 20s and during World War II.  

This brings up another subject – how media hacks try to put down some of our heroes of the past and present.  When I was a kid, we wanted to emulate people like Alvin York, Richard Byrd, Frank Hawks or Will Rogers.  

Kids today have no heroes to look up to, and that is sad.  Even so, there are still those who rise above obstacles and excel. That’s why I still say that I feel confident in the generation coming along.  I also humbled and proud when I talk to a genuine war hero like Mr. Chester Joiner.  

The life we enjoy today was made possible by Mr. Joiner and millions more who fought and died.  As Mr. Joiner told me, “It was something that had to be done, and I did the best I could.”  

I received a thank-you note from Gloria Gardner telling me she received several cards from different  people who saw her address in this column.  I talked by phone yesterday (Wednesday) and he said that Alice came through her hip replacement surgery and can expect a full recovery.  

Having gone through that procedure, I can understand what she will go through but I’m sure that she will be like I am, it’s so great to be free from pain.  It’s so great that in our eighth year that you readers still reply and offer your input and all I ask is that you keep it up.  

My email address is charlescooper3616@sbcglobal.net or write me at P.O. Box 613189 Memphis, Tn 38101 and have a great week.

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