Question of MOH recipients came up at my DAR meeting last night.We were looking for possible MOH soldiers from our town or county.I didn't find one, but found a Lt. Col. who received the Navy Cross for service in WWII.He is still living, so won't mention his name.We were thinking, as a project, to interview our old soldiers before they "just fade away," as so many are doing now.Every day, I read about 2 or 3 men disappearing from our lives.
One of the ladies in town belonged to a group of women in WWII who flew new planes to their destinations and also flew planes dragging targets for target practice!!!!She, also, is still living.Her father taught her to fly as a youngster, and she just had to be part of the war effort. She donated her family's private airport to a group of men who fly and maintain old WWII planes.I see them every once in while flying over my house.I know when they're coming by the low hum of the engines.They used to be called The Confederate Air Force, but had to change their name to the Commemorative Air Force in order to be politically correct, but I still call them by their old name.
I got the idea from a woman in Oregon who interviewed men who flew the "Hump" before they, too, left us.
Speaking of MOH recipients, go to the Find-A-Grave site and enter Robert McDonald. A photo of his tombstone is there along with a recently added plaque placed there by the CMOH Society.A college student who is interested in old graves took the photo and sent me copies and negatives. I talked to the man in charge of the military section of the cemetery, and he said he got some "hate" mail and calls from Indian groups who were protesting the addition of the plaque in front of the tombstone. I can understand their feelings, but that was a long time ago. Anyway, they scalped, captured and killed quite a few of my ancestors. Indians introduced tobacco to the white man and you know the results.