There were many others during my interviews worth discussing in details, more than I’ve been able. Here are some that made the final section called,”Very Honorable Mention.”
John Casey considered himself just a welder, but what he and his crew welded saved more lives directly than we’ll ever know. You’ll learn how they cut the “decapitation wires.”
Walter Cutting was in the war as a medic in California. He would never be prepared enough to deal with the POW’s returning home from brutal treatments of their Japanese captors from the Pacific theatre.
Mario Lanza and his brother Ubaldo were another set of brothers fighting the fight. Mario explained how they, “went in as boys and came out as men.” Together they fought side by side.
Erwin Markowitz was a fill-in as a medic with no experience or training, just sent to Euorope to heal and console. His many stories of courage are inspiring, from helping the dying to die, to bandaging up children and parents.
Anthony Hmura knew the US was in danger, “One more year, the Germans could have been in America.” Tony was a gunner in a B-24, flying into some of the most brutal battles of WWII. You’ll learn about his antics with actor/commanding officer Jimmy Stewart, to his being shot down twice, and the constant bombings they rained over the enemy.
Raphael Godin enlisted in the US Navy and went to the South Pacific as a signal-man. High atop the conning tower, Godin would relay the commanders messages by flags to other ships, until the Kamikazes showed up.
Fred Cuddy also enlisted in the US Navy. Cuddy was on the USS North Carolina. A ruthless battleship that has been well documented and during war, a target for the Japanese. Cuddy tells us the story when they were finally hit by the Japanese.