He brought the shrapnel with him

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From Chapter 8 of War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation;

As he ran down the beach back toward his duty station, a Japanese Zero strafed the sand around him. Nick hit the ground and covered his head. He said he felt a hot breeze and heard a whistling sound inches from his ears. He looked up and saw the face of the pilot as he flew alongside him. The pilot grinned.
When he got up he discovered a large piece of shrapnel next to him. “I grabbed it,” he said. “It was still hot from the explosion.”

Last night, Nick Gaynos attended a War Bonds reading at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. He brought that piece of shrapnel with him.

Simply amazing.

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One thought on “He brought the shrapnel with him

  1. Hi Cindy, Thanks for Nick’s anecdote from his Greatest Generation experience.

    The shrapnel that whizzed, by me, stuck high up in the walls of my barracks (as we were being shelled), so I could not reach it to bring any home from my less celebrated war. Sorry, Phil

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