Well Done: A WWII Memoir from Childhood Dreams to Naval Aviator

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Xlibris Corporation, Mar 22, 2021 - History - 284 pages

This is a courageous act of self-reflection, a firsthand meditation on one man’s surviving humanity as experience transforms to tales recited and truths gained, weaving his own path in an evolving voice into the fabric of America’s efforts in WWII, his pursuit to realize childhood dreams—the battle between the time we get in life and the earned wisdom we take from it in the ever-important hunt for what it all should mean. — Charles Clayton, screenwriter

We follow a boy’s passion for flying to become one of the unsung heroes of World War II—his extensive flight training, earning navy wings of gold, being an aviator aboard the USS Franklin in the Pacific theater, deaths of friends, destruction of his ship while being the agent of destruction of the enemy (a toll he keeps to himself), the eye-opening July 4 mission, being hit, returning safely to the Franklin, only to fly two more missions that day. A must read. — John Holzapfel, past Southold Town trustee, past Oysterponds Historical Society president, educator

US Navy lieutenant Robe r t Hungerford’s boyhood dream of flying led to flight training, his life on the line as a fighter aviator aboard the USS Franklin, and major battles against the Japanese war machine. The final tribute to Lieutenant Hungerford will leave you with tear-fi led eyes. A tender memoir from our greatest generation. — Edward Wellington Webb, navy veteran, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, retired senior VP of American Heart Association (Heritage Affiliate)

As a former CWO who flew army aviation with the 117th Assault Helicopter Company during the Vietnam era, reading my pal Bob’s memoir put me in his cockpit, on board the Franklin, and in the squadron ready room and added some good laughs at his barstool. A tender tale of a flying dream accomplished. — Richard Constant, former CWO, USAR, Third Platoon (Sidewinder 5)


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