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ATHOL – World War II pilot Vincent “Bill” J. Purple said he is disturbed by images of hatred in the media showing "alt-right" marchers in the streets with torches shouting anti-Semitic slurs and Nazi-associated slogans including "blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.”

The protestors Aug. 12 in Charlottesville, Virginia, who wore Nazi paraphernalia, carried flags with swastikas and wore shirts with quotations by Adolf Hitler, have “no clue,” Mr hkd to usd exchange rate history. Purple said, what those serving in the U.S. military and civilians supporting the effort went through during WWII in fighting against Nazi ideology.

“What is happening in Charlottesville should never be. This is not my world. This is not my life,” Mr. Purple said while sitting in the office of his company, LP Athol Corp., surrounded by pictures on the walls of old WWII bombers.

“I was very disturbed to see what is going on. We‘re here dollar exchange rate. We’re Americans. It’s disturbing for not only myself, but others who participated in programs to advise younger generations who have no clue what our nation was in the development of progress during the war.”

The protests are unsettling, said Mr usd to rmb exchange rate. Purple, who has made honoring those who served part of his life’s work. In 1998, Mr. Purple and two others formed the nonprofit Athol Veterans Park Development Corp. which raised money to build the veterans park in Athol. The organization also sponsors events in the area celebrating and honoring veterans.

“Throughout the whole time frame of World War II, there was no such thing as distortion of thought,” Mr. Purple added. “Everyone had one goal in mind – to produce every darn thing you could think of to give our troops what they needed to fight the war. All the ladies went to work 1 rmb to usd. Everybody put in their every effort collecting rubber, metal, garbage … for the effort.”

It was a different time, said the decorated pilot from Petersham, who flew 35 missions in a B-17 bomber. At 19, assigned to the 8th Air Force, 379th Bomb Group, based in Kimbolton, England, Mr. Purple had already seen many of his comrades shot down on missions.

Though Mr. Purple says his “first 10 missions weren’t bad,” his planes routinely sustained battle damage from 88 millimeter flack guns on a number of missions and there were some close calls that still cause the 93-year-old to question, “How am I still alive?”

Like Dec. 24, 1944, when he and his co-pilot Albert D. McKinnon took off in the “worst weather in the world.” There was intense fog, he said, and the orders to take off were given.

“We were the No. 8 ship to go airborne,” Mr euro today rate. Purple said. “McKinnon grabbed the wheel and pulled it back as hard as he could and we took a telephone pole up eight feet from the ground with the No. 2 engine. We were mushing into the ground and I don’t know if it was a downdraft or if we were stalling out, but every instrument I checked said we were fine.”

A propeller blade broke off during the incident and landed directly behind his head and lodging between his head and the seat until he landed at a different base because of the fog. Part of the mission was canceled, he said.

“I shouldn’t be here,” he said. “If that blade struck two feet forward, I wouldn’t be here. I’m lucky to be alive stock market today futures. Every Christmas Eve we get a drink and call each other to talk about it.”

There was also a close call when shrapnel flew straight into the cockpit and struck him in the chest, but he was protected by the magnesium metal vest he was wearing.

“We called it the ‘tin can barrage’ because after we would go to the initial point of a bomb run, you’d be looking further into the horizon and it looked like a tin can of planes with 88 millimeter flack guns and you had to fly through it,” he said. “At your altitude, they know where you are cad to usd conversion calculator. Alex and I were both at Hopsten and our right and left wing person were blown out of the sky.”

Mr. Purple flew 20 missions with his original crew, circling in the sky anywhere from five minutes, depending on the target, to 40 minutes. He said he would listen to “good music from Glenn Miller” to help pass the time, all the while looking around on alert making sure planes in his squadron did not run into each other while they were waiting to drop the bombs.

“We put it into a sideslip to pull the flame away from the wing and eventually fell from 25,000 feet to 10,000 feet and the fire went out,” he said. “We recovered and we were able to fly back to base and crash land because the gear wouldn’t come down.”

Flying at 150 miles per hour on the missions, the aircraft immediately would gain altitude with the reduced weight when the bombs were released, he said.

They had specific targets to bomb, including oil refineries and ball bearing factories, he said, to destroy supplies the Nazis could use to stop them.

After the war ended, Mr. Purple would stay on in the Reserves and National Guard until 1946, recalled to train B-29 pilots in Korea gold price in usa. Unbelievably, Mr. Purple’s only “war injury” was when his high school class ring became caught on one of the planes as he was exiting and it dug into his finger, cutting him, he said.

The missions he and his crews went on were much different, he said, than the “fire and fury” President Donald Trump is threatening North Korea with.

“There is no comparison. We’d drop 10 bombs that would fall a quarter of a mile,” he said last week. “I’m frightened about what is going on with North Korea. I’m scared to death. They fired another rocket yesterday. If they ever start that, the flood in Texas will be nothing australian dollar rate today in indian rupees. Under a nuclear environment, that could be as big as they want to make it.”

Mr. Purple would travel to Cuba for one month every year until 1949 to spend time with a woman he met on Sept. 15, 1944, at a Rotary Club dinner attended by 800 including 100 serving in the Air Force flying B-17 aircrafts.

“Everyone had a date and I had twins – Rosalia and Fefa Gonzales,” Mr. Purple recalls with a large smile. “I went to visit for a month every year until 1949 when they moved to Spain because of unrest in Cuba.”

He said Rosalia “adopted me” and the two wrote to each other often and became close friends understanding futures markets pdf. It ended when he met Helen Brand in 1949 in Athol while she was visiting friends of her mother’s. Bill and Helen married in June 2, 1951. Mrs. Purple died in 2011 from a fall at her home.