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(Detroit Free Press)   Flew 35 missions as WWII B-17 tailgunner. Lived long, happy life, with lots of family & friends. But, at 92, liver cancer got worse. What to do? Sing one last song with chorus friends at own wake. Died this morning. Hero beats Sappy & Sad   ( freep.com) divider line
    More: Hero, World War II, Wearing, Johnny Wearing, community Wearing, World War, Barbershop Quartet Society, 92-year-old World War, Susan Brockman Hinchman  
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2017-10-04 10:06:16 PM  
i.ytimg.com/it was consensual
//at ease, soldier
 
2017-10-04 10:15:51 PM  
WW II pilots (at least all the ones I got to meet) were farking awesome. My friend's grandfather was a B 17 pilot, and I got to meet and get to know a Tuskegee Airman when I was in my 20's.

They did more of value to society in a few years of their lives than I've done in my life.
 
2017-10-05 12:50:11 AM  
God Bless, Patriot
 
2017-10-05 12:53:56 AM  
RIP Johnny. Please tell my Dad i miss him. You two can swap WWII stories.
Danny Boy - Peter Hollens
Youtube SQ9W5bxJs3w
 
2017-10-05 12:54:48 AM  
We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn
Youtube cHcunREYzNY


Thank you for your service and a life well lived.
 
2017-10-05 12:55:32 AM  

davidphogan: WW II pilots (at least all the ones I got to meet) were farking awesome. My friend's grandfather was a B 17 pilot, and I got to meet and get to know a Tuskegee Airman when I was in my 20's.

They did more of value to society in a few years of their lives than I've done in my life.


It's not too late.
 
2017-10-05 12:57:06 AM  
"Let's just sing One More Song!"

I'll keep singing tags for you, barbershop brother.
 
2017-10-05 01:06:44 AM  
probably a trump voter so good riddance

Am i doing it right?
 
2017-10-05 01:08:00 AM  

maxandgrinch: davidphogan: WW II pilots (at least all the ones I got to meet) were farking awesome. My friend's grandfather was a B 17 pilot, and I got to meet and get to know a Tuskegee Airman when I was in my 20's.

They did more of value to society in a few years of their lives than I've done in my life.

It's not too late.


I'm not sure what I can do to top the Tuskegee Airmen.  I mean, they kind of cut the edge of cutting the edge, and probably can hold that title for a few more generations.  Hopefully.
 
2017-10-05 01:09:38 AM  
We owe it to these guys to continue fighting evil.
 
2017-10-05 01:10:59 AM  
Raises a glass: "Absent Friends."
 
2017-10-05 01:20:02 AM  
<pours one out>
 
2017-10-05 01:24:06 AM  
In My Perfect Universe According To Me, if cancer MUST exist, then it doesn't kill anyone past 80. If you're lucky enough to make it that long, cancer comes off the list of things that get you.
Ninety-two and liver cancer. Jeez.
 
2017-10-05 01:34:50 AM  
Nearly 30 years ago, I worked with a guy who was a C-47 pilot, towing the gliders in on D Day.

He told me the last thing he did before take off was to slip a ¾" steel plate in under his seat cushion to protect his nuts from shrapnel, as he and his wife had not had kids yet.

As it turned out, the plate was never needed. Also, his son and I, about my age, worked together later at another company a few years later.
 
2017-10-05 02:05:48 AM  

maxandgrinch: davidphogan: WW II pilots (at least all the ones I got to meet) were farking awesome. My friend's grandfather was a B 17 pilot, and I got to meet and get to know a Tuskegee Airman when I was in my 20's.

They did more of value to society in a few years of their lives than I've done in my life.

It's not too late.


But what's the chance we'll have another war?
 
2017-10-05 02:20:06 AM  

davidphogan: maxandgrinch: davidphogan: WW II pilots (at least all the ones I got to meet) were farking awesome. My friend's grandfather was a B 17 pilot, and I got to meet and get to know a Tuskegee Airman when I was in my 20's.

They did more of value to society in a few years of their lives than I've done in my life.

It's not too late.

I'm not sure what I can do to top the Tuskegee Airmen.  I mean, they kind of cut the edge of cutting the edge, and probably can hold that title for a few more generations.  Hopefully.


These guys were pretty legit too.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montford_Point_Marine_Association
 
2017-10-05 02:20:40 AM  

Huck And Molly Ziegler: In My Perfect Universe According To Me, if cancer MUST exist, then it doesn't kill anyone past 80. If you're lucky enough to make it that long, cancer comes off the list of things that get you.
Ninety-two and liver cancer. Jeez.


Better at 92 than 12
 
2017-10-05 02:52:28 AM  
Thank you for everything, Sir.  Rest well, we have the watch.

*Salutes*
 
2017-10-05 02:56:58 AM  

dambis: Huck And Molly Ziegler: In My Perfect Universe According To Me, if cancer MUST exist, then it doesn't kill anyone past 80. If you're lucky enough to make it that long, cancer comes off the list of things that get you.
Ninety-two and liver cancer. Jeez.

Better at 92 than 12


Agreed. Had a friend who got it at 16, recovered and then five years later ... I believe his graduation from Emory was posthumous.
 
2017-10-05 03:01:06 AM  

Huck And Molly Ziegler: dambis: Huck And Molly Ziegler: In My Perfect Universe According To Me, if cancer MUST exist, then it doesn't kill anyone past 80. If you're lucky enough to make it that long, cancer comes off the list of things that get you.
Ninety-two and liver cancer. Jeez.

Better at 92 than 12

Agreed. Had a friend who got it at 16, recovered and then five years later ... I believe his graduation from Emory was posthumous.


After reading that I wanted to give my liver a hug, then I realized I should probably be grateful it's never complained in all the years she's been trapped inside me.  I'd be clawing my way out by now.
 
2017-10-05 04:15:40 AM  

dambis: davidphogan: maxandgrinch: davidphogan: WW II pilots (at least all the ones I got to meet) were farking awesome. My friend's grandfather was a B 17 pilot, and I got to meet and get to know a Tuskegee Airman when I was in my 20's.

They did more of value to society in a few years of their lives than I've done in my life.

It's not too late.

I'm not sure what I can do to top the Tuskegee Airmen.  I mean, they kind of cut the edge of cutting the edge, and probably can hold that title for a few more generations.  Hopefully.

These guys were pretty legit too.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montford_Point_Marine_Association


Semper Fi!
 
2017-10-05 06:09:39 AM  
Something good out of MIchigan for a change. Very nice.
 
2017-10-05 06:21:53 AM  
media.nola.com
 
2017-10-05 06:59:15 AM  
My favorite line from "The Big Chill" is "Great tradition. They throw the biggest party in your honor and you aren't there to enjoy it."

Well, Sgt Wearing flipped the bird at that.

/ Goodbye and Godspeed, you magnificent bastard.
 
2017-10-05 08:16:01 AM  
This is why I never visit the people who live at 92.  This man lived a full life until he did.
 
2017-10-05 08:20:21 AM  

stevenrushing: probably a trump voter so good riddance

Am i doing it right?


No.
 
2017-10-05 09:08:40 AM  
This is Sgt Wearing's ship - "Five Grand", a B-17G-70-BO, serial 43-37716, flew with the 338th Bomb Squadron, 96th Bomb Group.  The lower photo shows several officers, likely the pilot, copilot, bombardier and navigator, along with "Five Grand" which is undergoing repairs after being damaged on a mission.

Godspeed, Sergeant, and thank you.

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2017-10-05 09:22:49 AM  

davidphogan: WW II pilots (at least all the ones I got to meet) were farking awesome. My friend's grandfather was a B 17 pilot, and I got to meet and get to know a Tuskegee Airman when I was in my 20's.

They did more of value to society in a few years of their lives than I've done in my life.


This guy tougher than most pilots. To be able to ride the tail pony without getting airsick.
 
2017-10-05 09:43:13 AM  
Reminds me of a buddy who passed last year.  He wasn't a veteran, he did have two battles with cancer, which may have shortened his life.  About a month before he passed, he sang during church service, barely could stand to do it.  He was brought in by wheel chair, yet made sure he stood to sing.  A few of us knew it would be the last time we saw him.
 
2017-10-05 09:45:09 AM  
A full life, a chance to say goodbye, and did it in style.

Well done sir, well done.
 
2017-10-05 10:53:30 AM  

davidphogan: maxandgrinch: davidphogan: WW II pilots (at least all the ones I got to meet) were farking awesome. My friend's grandfather was a B 17 pilot, and I got to meet and get to know a Tuskegee Airman when I was in my 20's.

They did more of value to society in a few years of their lives than I've done in my life.

It's not too late.

I'm not sure what I can do to top the Tuskegee Airmen.  I mean, they kind of cut the edge of cutting the edge, and probably can hold that title for a few more generations.  Hopefully.


Well first of all, you don't want circumstances to allow you to top the Tuskegee Airmen.  Heroes aren't born in good circumstances.  That said I'm pretty sure that there are plenty of jobs here and now that allow you to risk your life to better the lives of other people.  And if you do that well, and live long enough, I think that'll do.
 
2017-10-05 10:56:25 AM  
/O
 
2017-10-05 11:39:14 AM  
My studio converted an old cassette tape of a WWII veteran who ran on a B-24, reading his old journals of those missions.

If anybody is interested, this little gem is zipped up here.
 
2017-10-05 03:16:37 PM  

Hoblit: My studio converted an old cassette tape of a WWII veteran who ran on a B-24, reading his old journals of those missions.

If anybody is interested, this little gem is zipped up here.


This is awesome. Listening at work.
 
2017-10-05 03:30:06 PM  
-salutes-   good sir, you have done well, your time on this earth is through now fly unfettered into the heavens.
 
2017-10-05 10:46:34 PM  

schmidtybone: "Let's just sing One More Song!"

I'll keep singing tags for you, barbershop brother.

Subby here. You mean like the tag this guy added to that song?
One More Song
Youtube TXqNCFRpLvY
 
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