My Dad flew "The Hump" during WWII supporting the efforts of China against the Japanese army. Many people today have no idea we were involved helping the Chinese as early as 1937. 4 years before Pearl Harbor. My grandad told my Dad to enlist early so that he'd have some rank before the war broke out which he predicted. Sure enough; he was right. My Dad gave up 2 basketball scholarships one to University of Ohio to serve our country. There is a photo of him with pilot and co-pilot he was the crew chief in Burma May 1945 on some airfield in Burma standing under the nose of "SWEATER GIRL" their Curtiss C-46 after they had C-47's. It was raining that day you can see the rain running down the aide of the fuselage. They all had Colt .45's strapped on. That is the sum total armament they carried. Remember no guns on a cargo plane, flying over Japanese controlled airspace, with no oxygen over the Himalayas to get to China.
This is my tribute to the forgotten theater of war and the men that helped win the Pacific by dividing the Japanese army. Had the US not done that many of the other battles on those historic islands like Midway, Iwo Jima and others may have cost more US Marines lives and Sailors and Soldiers.