WWII was the stuff of legends as were the many personalities cast in its
limelight. If one were to write a saga, could it be any more dramatic than
what played out on the world stage in the 1940's ? And could the people who
came to be everyday names in countries across the globe, be any more
notorious, villified or heroic than those we watched and in whom our fate
lied ? Probably not...
Think for a moment about the many personalities of that war. There was
hitler, the short statured megalomaniac who made Satan like the Flying Nun,
and who was as evil as evil could be; who married his mistress in his war
bunker as Berlin fell, then double- suicided and had their bodies burned in a
ditch by his countrymen. Mussolini, the gluttonous buffoon who resembled
curly of the three stooges more than as a head of state and who was removed
from office by force then publicly beaten and his body displayed for all to
see . Tojo, the venomous slithering snake war monger with those innocent wide
frame glasses and "so solly please" that kept his opponents offguard.
Churchill, the seasoned ex-Secretary of the Navy and cigar smoking alcoholic
who had a flare for steadfast, dramatic speeches and resembled a bulldog.
Roosevelt, president of a nation not yet a super power who was too vain to
allow the public see him in a wheelchair and who showed the world that people
with disabilities can kick some serious tush before he died in office 4
months prior to the end of the war. Mac Arthur wading off the landing craft
in khakis up to his knees in water with corn cob pipe later retreating in a
PT boat under cover of darkness and exclaiming "I shall return" only to
return later to annihilate the enemy. Paul Tibbets, the soft spoken pilot who
named his bomber after his mother and carried the first atomic bomb that
vaporized a city. General Doolittle whose team of pilots pulled an impossible
mission from a destination called Shangri-La and successfully bombed the
Japanese mainland only to crash land all over the orient from depleted gas
reserves. And the list goes on... These people were larger than life and the
stuff legends are made of. This section is our tribute to these amazing
individuals for better or worse, who impacted our lives during WWII.