Paradise Valley veterans recall end of World War II
From left to right, Anita Parker, Irving Cockroft, Spike Flertzheim and Harry Parker socialize at a dinner honoring Paradise Valley Estates residents who are World War II veterans, Tuesday. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)
FAIRFIELD — Marine Corps aviator Warren MacQuarrie had just gotten some shuteye after coming back from a 12-hour-long mission raiding Japanese shipping around Kyushu when he got word that the war was over.
Army Air Force flier Walter McDaniel was on a ship back from the war in Europe "two days out of Boston on our way to the Pacific" when he got the word.
Navy Ensign Bill Gum was aboard the light cruiser USS Amsterdam in a task force off of Japan when the Japanese surrendered. Continue Reading