As you might suspect, Pacific Paratrooper isn’t quite the sort of blog I have featured here previously; it is a blog about history. If you have been a regular reader of this blog for very long, then you know that I am a “history geek” and as such, I follow a number of blogs that deal with history, in fact I have been tempted on several occasions to start my own history blog…
Pacific Paratrooper started out in September 2012 as an attempt to put the scrapbook of the author’s father into electronic form. Now, it’s important to note that the scrapbook in question was created by a man who served in an airborne unit in the Pacific Theater in World War 2; it’s a scrapbook of a soldier’s experiences. My father also served in the Pacific Theater, just before Pearl Harbor, and I can recall many stories around the dinner table about that era, about Hawaii, Hickam Field and the aircraft of those times; my father was an aircraft mechanic who became an aerospace engineer, and who was involved in developing projects from the P-51D, to the B-36 and YB-49, XB-70, the Apollo spacecraft, 747, F-5E, and a few “black”projects of which I never heard specifics as a kid. For me, Pacific Paratrooper was a natural.
My wife is a veteran of the United States Navy, and has worked as a civilian for the Navy, U.S. Army, and now is working in the office of the Undersecretary of the U.S. Air Force in the Pentagon. My son is a U.S. Navy veteran, and I have hosted dinner guests over the years ranging from Sargents-Major to Major General, so I have known many military people, and developed a great deal of respect for their service and dedication.
Again, Pacific Paratrooper fits right in with these interests for me, and what began as a rendition of one man’s scrapbook has evolved into a site about military history that covers the Second World War, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam, and the individual stories of those who served in those places. Yes, those brave souls who went into harm’s way in service to their country, who were never consulted about the wisdom of their mission by the politicians back home and yet who often paid a heavy price for their devotion to duty; it is both informative and inspiring.
Drop by and check it out, and I think you will agree that your time will be well spent, even if this isn’t your usual cup of tea!