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    Happy Fathers Day

    To all Dads: Happy Fathers Day..
    "Tolerance is not the same thing as acceptance, and acceptance is not the same thing as an endorsement"

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    Stan Houseworth AAF.jpgStan Houseworth 1942.jpgStan 1956 November.jpg

    Gone for almost 44 years, but hardly a day goes by that I don't remember or think about him....RIP Dad...
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    Hoot, great pix of what looks to be a great man & Dad!

    Here are my favorite pix of my Old Man, "C.M. Howe, Jr.".
    He survived that damned war only to die in a car wreck in 1970.
    My son Bill, whom you never met, and I talk about you a lot and toast you on all special occasions.
    Miss you all the time Dad and still listen to you...





    "Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death."
    - Hunter S. Thompson

    “It’s more fun to ride a slow bike fast, than a fast bike slow”.

    "The less horsepower a motorcycle has, the more it can teach you.” - Ben Bostrom

    And though a mountain may rise up and smack the livin' shit outta me,
    and wad up my bike somethin' awful...
    Still, I rise!
    (With apologies to Maya Angelou)


    "Give a Damn"
    - C. M. Howe, Jr.

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    Darth: Don't suppose you guys still got that Indian? Classic....
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    No, but I wish I did!
    That was in 1948, I was 5. The big Chief was a used '48 or '47. That's me on the porch and my ugly little dog "Weavy" peering through the screen door.
    The Old Man had ridden bikes all his life, but never owned one before...thus the smile! He was 27.
    It was our family's only transportation for over a year.
    I remember lots of times, including winter, with him up front, Mom on back & me in the middle, all cradling bags of groceries, freezing our asses off. He had installed a long "buddy" seat by then on the "Family Truckster".
    Hanging out in the back of the Indian shop when they prepped the race bikes on Saturday afternoon. Flat track races on Sunday.
    Riding up on the tank as we blasted down beer-joint row on Saturday night with the Indian Club. Hanging on for dear life, scared shitless and loving every second of it, grinning like a crazy kid. Neon lights, all the bikes, loud pipes, speed with all "my" buddies! Looking for Harley riders to race or just flip-off.
    I guess it's true...the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

    "You'll never wear out the Indian Scout,
    or his brother the Indian Chief.
    They're built like rocks,
    to take hard knocks...
    it's the Harleys that cause the grief!"

    - Old Indian advertising slogan.
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    "Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death."
    - Hunter S. Thompson

    “It’s more fun to ride a slow bike fast, than a fast bike slow”.

    "The less horsepower a motorcycle has, the more it can teach you.” - Ben Bostrom

    And though a mountain may rise up and smack the livin' shit outta me,
    and wad up my bike somethin' awful...
    Still, I rise!
    (With apologies to Maya Angelou)


    "Give a Damn"
    - C. M. Howe, Jr.

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    Gotta add that link on the 444th Web Site to your old man...great stuff....

    http://www.444thbg.org/howeclarencem.htm


    Of course my old man did his thingy state side during the war with those bombing beasts...here he is at Mather in 1942....the guy in the cockpit...spent his entire career as a B-29 and B-17 Mechanic:

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    Happy Father's Day to all you dads, future dads, mentor dads, and anyone who fills a dad role. The biggest problem I believe in the United States is fatherless families. DADs My hats off to you.
    Here's a cute little video on how as dads we protect our kids. Enjoy


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    Hoot, that is my son Bill's website!
    He built it in honor of his Grand Dad & the 444th Bomb Group (Tinian), then it spread to B-29s, Army Air Forces in the Pacific Theater, honoring living & dead WWII Vets, etc.
    He is friends with a number of survivors, very close friends with a couple of them.
    He was given writing credits for contributing to two books. One in China (Chinese language) about shot-down Americans in China and the Chinese people who hid, fed, protected and helped them escape the Japanese.
    The other book was published in Japan, both in Japanese & English, about Japanese WWII military history. They wanted info on B-29s & American B-29 stories.

    How do you know of the 444th website?

    I promise you one thing...your Old Man was my Old Man's hero! He spoke often about mechanics & other techs. He was fully aware & appreciative of them & their jobs & importance. He was an air crew Radio Operator and also had Technician responsibilities for radio maintenance & repair.
    He was a damn good man.

    You have any other pix or stories about your Pop?

    Thanks for jumping in on this!

    Oh, I got a good ride in FiFi last year...what an experience! I'm pretty sure C.M. was there too...
    "Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death."
    - Hunter S. Thompson

    “It’s more fun to ride a slow bike fast, than a fast bike slow”.

    "The less horsepower a motorcycle has, the more it can teach you.” - Ben Bostrom

    And though a mountain may rise up and smack the livin' shit outta me,
    and wad up my bike somethin' awful...
    Still, I rise!
    (With apologies to Maya Angelou)


    "Give a Damn"
    - C. M. Howe, Jr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth View Post
    Hoot, that is my son Bill's website!
    He built it in honor of his Grand Dad & the 444th Bomb Group (Tinian), then it spread to B-29s, Army Air Forces in the Pacific Theater, honoring living & dead WWII Vets, etc.
    .

    How do you know of the 444th website?


    ...



    I have all the letters from when Dad was stationed in Lowery{Colorado}, Mather{California}, and Newark {Delaware where he met mom} ...that he sent home to my grandmother and his sisters, along with post cards, from Lowery and Mather....not as many photos as on your dad's page...but some...

    From his War Years...here is a post card, with note on back from the High Sierra Mountains about an hour from Mather, my favorite Americana Post Card....and a photo of him and the family{my grandma, aunts, and dad and his brothers, Uncle John was in the Army Infantry, and then another, his Marine buddy, Marlo Beech and dad, home on leave in 1943...in their hometown of Scott, Ohio:

    BuckhornLodge Sepia.jpgHouseworths1943.jpgBeechandHouseworth1943.jpg


    Darth Sez:

    "I promise you one thing...your Old Man was my Old Man's hero! He spoke often about mechanics & other techs. He was fully aware & appreciative of them & their jobs & importance. He was an air crew Radio Operator and also had Technician responsibilities for radio maintenance & repair.
    He was a damn good man.

    You have any other pix or stories about your Pop?

    Thanks for jumping in on this!

    Oh, I got a good ride in FiFi last year...what an experience! I'm pretty sure C.M. was there too"...[/QUOTE]

    As for the 444th Web Site? A bit of research old man...I love Military History...I was no Gung Ho Trooper, but now years later, I organize my Vietnam Security Police Reunion in Dayton every year....and respect the Hell out of all of those who served with honor, even those I don't agree with politically...
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    Love those pix!
    "An American Family"...
    "Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death."
    - Hunter S. Thompson

    “It’s more fun to ride a slow bike fast, than a fast bike slow”.

    "The less horsepower a motorcycle has, the more it can teach you.” - Ben Bostrom

    And though a mountain may rise up and smack the livin' shit outta me,
    and wad up my bike somethin' awful...
    Still, I rise!
    (With apologies to Maya Angelou)


    "Give a Damn"
    - C. M. Howe, Jr.

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