Robert Mortensen | WWII Pacific Theatre Veteran


His father hunted bandits and fought in the Marine Corps during World War 1. When World War 2 started Robert enlisted, inspired by his fathers service and duty to country. After joining the Navy he spent his wartime deployment in the Pacific Theatre aboard an APc and LSI.

Joe McPhail | WWII Corsair Pilot and USMC Veteran


Part 1 Young McPhail spent his youth in Tyler, Texas. Between classes and jobs he learned to fly at the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, cutting the skies, and his teeth, in a piper cub. His draw towards aviation grew and he set his sights on the next best opportunity, flying […]



His father was a Black American airman stationed in Japan. His mother was a Japanese girl who ran for her life during WWII. Years after the war, they met and married. Being of mixed racial decent from both sides of WWII, Wayne Dickson has a unique outlook, especially when it […]

The Spiritual Journey of WWII Vet Wally Holmer


Wallace Holmer, 96, said a simple prayer, “Lord, I don’t want to come home with my arms and legs blown off.” The 18 year old draftee entered the Navy in 1943 and found himself stationed on an LST, a Landing Ship Tank. It’s purpose, to drop soldiers and machines of […]

Lt Col Mark Novak | B-29 Doc


LT COL Mark Novak spent 27 years serving in the USAF and ANG, piloting the B-1 Lancer and KC-135, but when he retired, he didn’t stop flying. Today, with over 8,600 flying hours, he’s still racking up more flying the nearly 80 year old B-29 named “Doc” – one of […]