Z SQUARE 7, A B-29 TRUE STORY

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The Z Square 7 Crew
Z Square 7 Crew Families
Z Square 7 Crew Cemeteries.
Missing Air Crew Report
Z Square 7 Crew Military Funeral
Memorial Lt Eugene M. Thomas Jr (Marion, Al)
Memorial Lt Francis X. Glacken (Cambridge, MA)
Memorial Lt Norman B. Bassett (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY)
Marcia Bassett McGrattan
Memorial Sgt George P. Demers (Lynn, MA)
Memorial Sgt George P. Demers (Lynn, MA)
Peter & Lillian Demers/Charlotte (Demers) Fiasconaro
Memorial Sgt Louis A. Dorio (Clarksville, VA)
HIRE OUR VETERANS!
POW-MIA-KIA Ceremony
500th Bomb Group, 73rd Wing Honor Roll
Bill Mauldin With Willie And Joe
Father John McBride
S/Sgt Kenneth O. Eslick with Photo Album
Sgt Jesse S. Klein. 41-13180
Frank Farr & Merseburg, Germany
"Lili Marlene" The Song!
"Lili Marlene" The B-17
"Lily Marlene" The B-24
"Lili Marlene" The B-24
Ivan Fail Introduction and "Long Before The Guns And Tanks."
Ivan Fail's "Tribute to the Queen"
American Battle Monuments Commission - Cemeteries
American Battle Monuments Commission - Memorials
NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL
THE MARINE CORPS WAR MEMORIAL (IWO JIMA )
KOREAN WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL
VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL
M/Sgt Roy P. Benavidez, Vietnam Medal Of Honor
Frank Farr Poetry "November 2, 1944", "Old Men And The War", " Merseburg"
Some Pictures of World War 2
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Pages Introduction
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Crew Index
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Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - B29 Superfortress
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - B26 Marauder
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - B25 Mitchell
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - B24 Liberator
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - B17 Flying Fortress
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - C87 Liberator Express
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - PBM-5 Mariner
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - A20 Havoc Attack Bomber
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - C47 Transport
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - P61 Black Widow
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - A26 Invader
GIVE OUR VETERANS JOBS!!
Ivan Fail's "The Tuskegee Airmen"
Airmen Medal Of Honor Memorial
Memorial Page #1
Memorial Page #2
Memorial Page #3
Memorial Page #4
Memorial Page #5
Memorial Page #6
The Navajo Code Talkers & Native American Medals Of Honor
Ivan Fail's "D Day, The Normandy Invasion"
B-29 Crew Positions & Specifications
About The Book
C. Clayton Thompson Bookseller
Ivan Fail's "When The Mustangs Came"
Contacts
Ivan Fail "The Eighteen Wheeler's Hymn"
Awards
Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building with photo album
Ivan Fail's "Against All Odds - Mission Complete"
Ford Tolbert by Sallyann
Ford Tolbert Pictures
A Tribute to Lt Raymond "Hap" Halloran
Lt Raymond "Hap" Halloran
Colonel Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, USMC, The Black Sheep Squadron
Lt Halloran Eulogy for Colonel Boyington
Omori POW Camp
Ivan Fail's "A Salute To Lt. Holguin"/ "Shoo Shoo Baby"
Great Bend, Kansas B-29 Memorial
General Lemay's biography including a B-29 nose art photo album
THE GENERAL AND MRS CURTIS LEMAY FOUNDATION
March 9 and 10, 1945 Over Tokyo
Lt "Hap" Halloran on March 10, 1945
General Earl Johnson
General Earl Johnson Biography
313th Bomb Wing Mining Missions
Lt Robert Copeland, copilot, Z Square 8
Pyote Bomber Base With A Photo Album
History of "Diamond Lil" With A Photo Album
History of "FIFI" With A Photo Album
"Hap" Halloran induction Combat Airman Hall of Fame
Blackie Blackburn with a photo album
Hap's Memorable Flight On FIFI
C. Douglas Caffey, A WW2 Veteran, Book Of Poetry
C. Douglas Caffey Collection Of Poetry
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C. Douglas Caffey on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
C. Douglas Caffey With More on PTSD
C. Douglas Caffey Memorial Day Flying The Flag
C. Douglas Caffey Saying Goodbye To America
OUR VETERANS NEED WORK!
Pearl Harbor with Photo Album
The Pacific Theater
Battle of Saipan, Mariana Islands
Saipan Medals of Honor
Battle of Tinian, Mariana Islands
Tinian Medals of Honor
Battle of Guam, Mariana Islands
Guam Medals of Honor
Battle of Iwo Jima
Iwo Jima Medals of Honor
Cpl Ira Hayes, USMC
Battle of Okinawa
Okinawa Medals of Honor
Japanese Surrender
Navy Ships At Surrender Ceremonies
Ivan Fail's "The Saga Of The Superfortress"
Ivan Fail's "The Silent Sentries"
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C. Douglas Caffey

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Homeless Veteran Sign

I Saw An Old Veteran
 
Beside the road
he sat
with an overgrown beard
and a strange looking
hat.
The sign he held,
well, you know what it
said.
"Will work for food",
it read!
And beside him sat a
tired-looking
dog.
The dog was jet black
with forlorn
eyes.
But you could tell that
he was in
partnership with
the old vet,
as both sat under the
canopy of darkened
skies.
All of his earthly goods
were confined to
one duffel
bag.
Tied to his dog's wounded
leg was a bloody
dirty
rag!
Of course I stopped
beside the
road
to talk a bit with him
and to learn that he
carried a
heavier load
within.
Both the vet and his
dog were
on the friendly
side
as they sat awaiting
a ride
to somewhere
down the
road,
either East or West
North or
South,
it made no difference
as long as they
had food for
the
mouth.
Where were you in the
war,
I said?
It was in Nam
as a tunnel
rat,
as he unconsciously
raised his
hat.
I could see from his
sunken eyes that
I needed to
change
the topic,
for in Nam their hot
tropic
and underground
tunnels
could rob one of his
mind,
leaving a tunnel rat
blind
to the reality of
his surroundings.
He told me that he needed
a drink...
and I knew it was not
water
for his bottle was
full.
Now, let me ask you this
dear reader;
what would you do for
this Nam vet and his
best friend,
a tired old black dog
which tagged
along?
If you had been a tunnel
rat
in Nam would you be
a friend
to alcohol,
no matter the
brand?
Before you answer that
hard question
take another look at this
unkempt pair,
for crawling through
a jungle
underground, one longs for
fresh air
from the outside world
where claustrophobia
does not hem
one in.
Would you be a friend to
Old Granddad
or to
cheap wine of any
kind?
Would you "take this pair
In?"
Give the old black dog
a bath, rub him
down
dry him off
feed him with a bowl
of "Kibbles & Bits",
and give him a name
that fits!
And what would you do
with the Nam
vet,
who hasn't died
yet?
Perhaps take him to the
VA
where he could stay
without
pay,
for there the health providers
could care for him,
clean him up, find him some clothes,
feed him well, tend to
his health,
and whatever else
only God
knows!
Then you could bring his dog
to the VA grounds
where the two
could meet
again
as they make the rounds.
Now, we both know that the scene
outlined above
will never come to
pass,
for old vets and old dogs
are an unseemly
sight,
so let them be free to
wander both day
and night.
You may find them sharing
a cardboard
box
under some unknown
bridge,
but still keeping the sign
which says
"Will work for food!"
So I shall feed them today
and send them on their
way
down the road of
tomorrow,
where you can find the two
beside the road
of "Sorrow!"
My heart breaks for an old vet,
though the war be o'er,
he isn't home
yet!
I am an old vet too,
not of Nam
but WWII,
but I have a dog named
Muggs,
who welcomes all my
hugs.
We both do not work
for food,
but have a nice warm
home
where we don't have to
roam
down some strange road
of
Tomorrow!
Better to have PTSD
for sixty years
than to have crawled through
those awful
tunnels, in a jungle called
Nam
and to have an only friend,
 a black dog named
Sam!
 
C. Douglas Caffey
58th Wing of
the 509th
Air Photo Unit,
Army Air Corps.
 
 

Illustration: At the retirement home

WHEN  I WAS ONE AND TWENTY
 
 
When I was one and twenty,
I was foot-loose and care-free;
Now I am as old as dirt!
Just take a look at me!
 
 
My walk has slowed to a crawl,
and, at times, when I sit down,
It's like pulling teeth to get up again,
just to drive into town!
 
 
Call out the Marines!
Send for a tow-truck!
Lift me out gently,
For, in my chair, I am stuck!
 
C. Douglas Caffey
10-11-02
 
 
 

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