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Pappy Boyington and other stories

August 23, 2006

Since I don’t have a picture of my dad with me. This is Pappy Boyinton.

We just got back from a CAT scan. His enzyme levels related to his pancrease are about back to normal. But the fluids to get that taken care of him have caused congestive heart failure. Its not good to be 81 and sick.

We just moved rooms too. Now on a floor that can do telemetry? monitoring. I was born in this hospital. not sure some of the floors have changed since then.

So we are settling in for a (long) night. The doctor came by and cut the pain med so as to get him more alert. Believe me that’s not fun. He’s moaning pretty constant and wanting out of bed.

the folks on this floor are worried about his oxygen level and heart rate being so high. So they are calling the cartiologist.

Well for another story from another time was when at one point he was stationed on an island that served the Black Sheep Squadron made famous by Gregory Boyington. All I could ever get out of him was that nobody really liked “Pappy”. And that a Corsair was a fine plane, but it used x gallons of fuel on takeoff.

a F4U “corsair”

at the end of the war he was lucky enough to have his # drawn to go home in the first group. unfortunately he came down with Malaria. He tried to sneak out of the hospital (which he wants to do now) and the doctor made him a deal, if he would stay and get well he would make sure he was on the next ship home. Before being discharged he was at Camp LaJune and they came over the loudspeaker one day and said the war officially over, that everyone was going home, a big truck full of ice and Beer backed up to the parade ground and dumped it on the ground.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 23, 2006 11:11 pm


  2. August 24, 2006 5:27 am

    When I was a senior in high school I wrote a term paper on “The Importance of Fighter Pilots During World War II”. One of my main characters was Boyington.

    Baa, Baa Black Sheep!

    Still praying. Hope today is less stress filled.

  3. August 24, 2006 11:17 am

    …assuming you are driving home today? Will have a truck load of ice and beer to welcome you home.

    Maybe not.

    I hope your dad is having a better day today. Let us know when you can.

  4. August 24, 2006 2:43 pm

    I am praying for your dad and your family. He sounds like a fighter. He reminds me of my father-in-law who was in the Army, in the Pacific theater during the war. He is also 81, almost 82, and has kept most of his stories to himself. He has started writing stories in a book so that his grandchildren will know what he did.


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