War and History Poetry posted November 30, 2015

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A tribute to World War II Vet

Mr. Nick

by AnnaLinda

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Mr. Nick is a ninety eight year old honorable World War II vet
Nick sits 'soldier straight' wearing a large smile and doesn't seem upset
as he reflects back on many of his bombing missions overseas
Germany and France is where he used his aviation expertise

 You see, Nick was a bomber Pilot who not only flew on 32 missions,
he flew where no one wanted to and under all kinds of adverse conditions
Nick was so highly skilled that he also trained new pilots for combat
His ability to inspire others in tough times made him a true diplomat

As I'm warmly welcomed into his home and listen to his recounts of the war
I know I'm in the presence of a WW II hero who we seldom meet anymore 



Mr. Nick is my neighbor and I wanted to write something for him.

I'm so honored to know Nick and when I went to his home to ask his approval
to send out this poem...he immediately stood up to greet me and offer me his huge warm smile and hand....what a man!

Prose poem with rhyme - or conversational rhyme:)

I used diplomat as a person who deals tactfully with others

1st Lt. Nick Radosevich, from the 734th Squadron, 453rd Bomb Group
He was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses for heroism.

His wife Marilyn is 93 and they have a daughter; Debra.
They are all wonderful people.

* Nick was well known for having a jet black female cocker spaniel as his flying mascot and named her Penelope ...thus, Lucky Penny for the name of the B-24 bomber he flew...as pictured up top.

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The crew of Lucky Penny a B-24 crew is being debriefed on the runway at their home base in England following their first bombing raid along the French coast on D-Day during the Second World War.

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Jimmy Stewart was his commander and taught Nick how to fly.
Mr. Nick was also a great bowler and golfer...
He also played amateur golf with teen golfer from Columbus; Jack Nicklaus.

His parents immigrated from Russia and Serbia.
(Photos and most information below poem are from the Tampa Bay Times 1/30/2010)

(I discovered much of the above info after I wrote the poem)

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