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Memory Monday, Week 73

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My dad — October 4, 1945

CORRECTION: Last Monday I shared photos of a road trip from Northern California to the Oregon coast and said it was a trip my parents took. I later had a text from my mom letting me know this was actually a trip she took with her parents (my grandparents) in the summer of 1946, after she graduated from high school. Thanks again, Mom!

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My dad was stationed in Japan with the 5th Air Force

I wish I had talked more with my father about the time he spent in Japan during the early 1950s; and I really wish I’d known about the existence of these photos! Many of them have no information, but a few have notes scribbled on the back — which I’ll be including as captions whenever possible.

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Side of Mt. Fujiyama from Station 8½

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Looking up to top of Mt. Fuji from Station 8½

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Looking down from Station 8½, Mt. Fujiyama

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Station 8½, Mt. Fujiyama. Doug Mathews, Lee Mace, Bob Johnston, Chet Witkowski

Below is an example of some images coming up next week. My dad was a mechanic and his favorite planes were the P-51 Mustangs, so he took a lot of photos of them. I’m not sure what “dragging the field” means; maybe somebody out there can clue me in?

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P-51 Mustangs from the 39th Fighter Squadron (Dragging the field)
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