SOMETIMES, WHEN MY deadline approaches, I'm at a loss for my next column's content. Fortunately, I've never yet failed get my material in on time. I recently took stock of my sources of ideas and realize how many they are.
First--our readers. I always welcome input, and I am pleased to hear of veterans' stories and forthcoming events (contact me at les@espritdecorps). Comments, positive or negative, are appreciated. I especially enjoy e-mails from "Hugh Message", a former Signaller who passes on a wealth of information. Association newsletters provide a great deal of input, while "Quora" and the British "Sandbag Times" generate more ideas. Finally, the daily press and Veterans Affairs and DND releases may provide a story. (Then, of course, if outside sources run dry, I can always rely on my aging memory)
Obituaries sometimes yield interesting stories. The ordinary guy in the street may be an unrecognized hero. Two recent "leads" from obits steered me to a story of a "special" RAF squadron that supported guerillas in Europe and another about allied airmen captured by the Gestapo and imprisoned in Buchenwald concentration camp. Today I read of a retired Air Force general with a distinguished career in aviation and medicine, whose final wishes were to be cremated and the ashes scattered from a (DH) Chipmunk.
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|Title Annotation:||THE OLD GUARD|
|Publication:||Esprit de Corps|
|Date:||Aug 1, 2018|
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