Nostalgia: VMFA 312 Checkerboarders

george-byers-jr-usmc-corsairI sometimes get nostalgic when I’m not feeling well. Yesterday, in the minutes it takes to get back from Graham County to Cherokee County, my right eye swelled shut for who knows what reason, although it looks like I was in a fight. If I had gone to the emergency room (I wouldn’t!) they might have been tempted to call the LEOs who would ask what really happened. I would just say, “I don’t know.”

Meanwhile, the face being what it was, I had a moment to be nostalgic and so looked up a phrase involving Pappy Boyington and my dad’s name just on a lark. Hah! Another picture of my dad perhaps in his early-twenties. A bit after this picture, he would end up in another USMC Fighter Attack squadron, the VMFA 312, the famed Checkerboarders, which was the squadron used to portray Pappy in the series Bah Bah Blacksheep, though my dad headed up the Checkerboarders and was later in command of one of the bases in Japan. Dad died back in 1993 with all the sacraments. So very important. I really have to wonder if he and Pappy ran into each other. Dad could put back some liquor at the time and be a bit boisterous and be a bit of a troublemaker, just like Pappy. Maybe they were too much like each other and so had to be in different squadrons as far apart in the Pacific as possible.

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3 responses to “Nostalgia: VMFA 312 Checkerboarders

  1. Liz

    Your swelling thing/sickness is so strange. It is an allergic reaction to something. Prayers for you, Father. That’s an awesome picture of your dad. What a treasure! I get nostalgic and miss my parents a lot. I tried making chocolate chip cookies yesterday “just like my mom’s” (not quite) but I put them on newspaper to cool off and everything. I can’t even eat any of them since I’m on a diet, but I just missed her!

  2. Father George David Byers

    Hereditary

  3. Liz

    Really? So odd!

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