Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Friday, September 27, 2002

Someone out hunting trilobite fossils at an old airbase on the Utah/Nevada border found something a little more interesting.

When he scraped away the cracked soil, he realized he had found a World War II dog tag stamped with a military serial number and the name "Charles D. Albury."
Rush, 44, a casino marketing worker from West Wendover, Nev., and a history buff, wondered whether the dog tag belonged to one of the 50,000 U.S. Army wartime fliers who had passed through during World War II on what was a sprawling training base at Wendover on the Utah side of the border.
"If it had been my dog tag, I would have wanted it back," said Rush, an Army veteran. "The name didn't mean anything to me until I searched on the Internet and came up with 4,000 hits -- along with the word 'Nagasaki.' "
Charles Don Albury was co-pilot of the B-29 dubbed Bock's Car that dropped the atomic bomb over Nagasaki, Japan, three days after the first atomic blast leveled Hiroshima. Albury also had flown Great Artiste, the B-29 that accompanied the Enola Gay on its mission to Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945.

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