Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

Veterans History Project:

Donald L. Devine, Chief Master Sergeant, US Air Force


After World War II, one learned to pay attention to what was going on around him or her. In 1949, this was true, and essentially, it marked wisdom…it is now termed “situational awareness”.

In the case of this story, four young men from Larned, Kansas were friends and seemed to do everything together. In the closing months of their senior year in high school, one of their fathers’ gathered the four pals together. The Dad was aware of the political winds and that American politicians were likely to involve the country and its resources in another conflict. To get down to the...

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