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The Winds of War

In World War I a little German corporal and an American officer were fighting within twenty miles of each other in France. The little corporal would be awarded an Iron Cross, while the American officer would become one of America’s most notable generals. Adolph Hitler would rise to power and restore German pride from the humiliating defeat of World War I. While serving under General John “Black Jack” Pershing in Texas, George S. Patton chased Pancho Villa in Mexico.

I have always been intrigued by life in Hawaii on December 6th, 1941 – with the Japanese armada 230 miles north of Oahu poised to attack the next morning. I photographed the “From Here To Eternity” cove where the fictional iconic Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr love scene was filmed the night before the attack. Up the road on the windward side of Oahu near the cove lies Kaneohe Marine Base which was attacked on December 7th. The Navy buried their dead together, while the Japanese zero pilot Lt. Iida was buried separately nearby. The “Now” photo shows the beautiful peaceful setting on the Hawaiian beach.

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