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Bearcat99
11-15-2005, 05:59 AM
Here (http://history1900s.about.com/library/prm/blpappyboyington1.htm).

BigA21
11-15-2005, 06:47 AM
Well you can certainly see he "Tells it like it was" with no holding back, adhering to his reputation.
He has been on my mind lately as I have caught "Black Sheep Squadron" on TV the last few Saturday afternoons.
What a piece of war history that guy was.
We need "The Slot" map.
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Thanks Bearcat

jds1978
11-15-2005, 08:07 AM
straight up character, no doubt

lairdperkins
11-15-2005, 08:10 PM
"...in one ear and out a Scotch bottle"

I'm commendeering that quote.

polak5
11-16-2005, 01:14 AM
good find. awesome story.
Here is one I used on a paper i did last year. b-17 pilot. http://www.thehistorynet.com/wwii/blrobert_felgar/

arcadeace
11-16-2005, 03:31 AM
Here's his immediate capture:

"A few hours later a Jap submarine on the way to Rabaul surfaced and collected me. I dumped everything I had that was of any military value over the side. I nearly lost my left ear, which was hanging in a bloody mess. My scalp had a massive laceration, my arms, groin and shoulders were peppered with shrapnel, and a bullet had gone through my left calf. I had seen better days. Luckily the sub crew tried to take care of me. They were very humane, and I wondered if this was the type of treatment I could expect in the future. One of the crew spoke English and assured me that I was going to be all right."

The rest of his time inprisoned was quite interesting; good and bad.

Its a different perspective on the Chennault I've learned of. Actually he's got a lot gripes with a lot of authority but if he's telling the truth on facts and events, he can't be blamed.

I like him. When you get down to it, he understands. The longer I read the more I was enjoying it. Thanks much Bear.

dbuff
11-17-2005, 01:38 PM
****, that is a totally kick *** interview!

Chuck_Older
11-17-2005, 01:49 PM
I respect Boyington a lot. He and Chennault did not see eye to eye, I wasn't there to judge

I have no difficulty beleiving he got his six kills in the AVG. However, lots of pilots on both sides got robbed of kills, it's not as if it only happened to Gregory Boyington

the only thing I can comment on is that "Tex" Hill relates at least one instance in which Boyington willfully and knowingly ignored orders on deportment from Chennault, during a dinner with General Chiang Kai-Shek and his wife, who was head of the Chinese Air Force. I take Hill's word for that

I'd also want Boyington in my sqaudron if I was up against the enemy. The man was and is a Hero and deserves to be, and also deserves his Medal of Honor. He earned every accolade given him http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

My favorite story about Boyington:

He and Robert Conrad (who played Boyington in the TV show) were walking along the 'runway' on-set alone one day. Boyington took him aside and said, "Conrad, I wish you'd been with us back in the 214"

Conrad said, "Thank you, that's quite an honor"

Boyington replied, "Not to fly with us! It's so I could have kicked your *ss for you. You're an arrogant little sonovab*tch" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

LEXX_Luthor
11-18-2005, 12:23 AM
Thanks Bears

Low_Flyer_MkII
11-18-2005, 10:30 AM
Good reading. Thanks.

Stigler_9_JG52
11-18-2005, 12:20 PM
Originally posted by Chuck_Older:
My favorite story about Boyington:

He and Robert Conrad (who played Boyington in the TV show) were walking along the 'runway' on-set alone one day. Boyington took him aside and said, "Conrad, I wish you'd been with us back in the 214"

Conrad said, "Thank you, that's quite an honor"

Boyington replied, "Not to fly with us! It's so I could have kicked your *ss for you. You're an arrogant little sonovab*tch" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Classic!!!

tttiger6BL
11-18-2005, 07:42 PM
BC, that link has been around for years. Never hurts to rerun 'em every now and then for those who haven't read them, though. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Chuck, you tell only part of the story. Check out Bruce Gambel's book, "Black Sheep One," and you'll find the rest of that conversation. Conrad handled the very drunken Boyington very well in that chat and the two walked away good friends. But, hey, why let the facts get in the way of a good yarn?

Boyington was a genuine hero but he also was a severe alcoholic.

As a youngster, I was lucky enough to know Boyington (he was a good friend of a close friend of my parents) and saw him often. Of course, I had no idea how famous he was.

Anyway, Gambel's book is a thorough and very understanding biography. He also wrote a very good history of VMF-214. I recommend both.

ttt