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being Memorial Day, it brought back this memory of World War II.
So off we went to the dance. We were to be back home no
later than 9 PM, as the dance started at 7 PM but we needed a little time before
the boys were to return to base, by 1200 PM or 2400 Hrs. When we got to
the dance, word got around and we ended up with about eighteen, counting my
friends. I remember my father grinning when he opened the door and
commenting he did not expect all the army. There were about ten American
airmen, two Canadians and a British airman. We had our little party but we
noticed the men were constantly watching the time as they had to be sure to get
back to base by 12 PM and could not be late. I might add that the base was
only a few miles away and they had a truck to return them to base. The Canadian
boys were twins and very entertaining, amateur magicians; we sang a few war
songs. A good time was had by all.
It is difficult to describe the sadness and shock we all
shared to think just a short time before this horrible tragedy they had all been
laughing and singing. Alas this was wartime and things like this happened daily.
Sorry to end on a sad note.
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