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Book Review: The Detroit Kid in the Forgotten War by John Robert McCauley

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John Robert McCauley

about this book: There are no formal diplomatic relations between Iran and the United States due to poor relations between the countries. However, during World War II, Iran was occupied by United States allies. In this regard, the Army Airways Communications Service needed fast and reliable communications and established a communications center in Abadan, Iran in May 1942, to help perfect a communications network joining North Africa, the Middle East and China-India-Burma. On November 23, 1944, a story appeared in the Abadan, Iran Special Services Daily News Bulletin…57 Hours from India to Washington, which reads as follows: "Brig. General Laverne G. Sanders of the 20th Bomber Command was flown back to Washington D.C. from India for medical treatment in near record time of 57 hours, the War Department announced today. General Saunders made the flight in a C-54 transport plane after suffering compound fractures of both legs and his right arm when he crashed alone in a jungle while on an Administrative Flight Inspection. "

What was not printed in the news release was the following information: "A pickup crew, including William E. Burge, left Karachi, India in a C-54 and flew to a B-29 base at Pairadoba, India to evacuate the then 20th Air Force Commanding Officer, Brig. General Laverne "Blondie" Saunders. Saunders was hospitalized following a B-25 crash. We converted the cargo plane into a hospital ship and he was returned to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D. C., in near record time. Our crew took the first leg of the stateside trip from Pairadoba to Karachi, then to Abadan. Other crews then took over from there."

Another News Bulletin that day concerned a congressional appeal for exemption of overseas assignments for pre-war fathers in which the Secretary ruled military considerations forbid withdrawing pre-Pearl Harbor fathers from overseas duty…Secretary Stimson and Pre-Pearl Harbor Fathers Overseas, which reads as follows: "I very keenly appreciate your genuine appeal on behalf of these men and consider it a most unpleasant duty to decline your request. However, in this, as in any other situation with great human appeal, the extent to which the Army can conform is severely limited by military considerations so long as winning the war remains our major concern. I would prefer, of course, not to send any man into combat, but successful war cannot be waged in any other manner, and an extension of the present policy to families with only two sons, one of whom has been lost, to those with only one son, to pre-Pearl Harbor fathers or to men who have had a child born since they left the United States, would very quickly involve numbers as to interfere seriously with combat operations. The Secretary said."

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I loved the book, my great grandfather was in world war II and it brings back many good memories of his valor in war, this is a great history book. [by mchale]

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