All American Men of War 88 – Johnny Cloud’s fighting father

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Bob Haney joins Irv Novick on Johnny Cloud’s story in All American Men of War 88 (Nov/Dec 61), which provides some background on Johnny Cloud’s father.

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The story opens as Johnny Cloud bails out of his plane, feeling guilty and cowardly.  The story then shifts to a flashback about his father, who had been an infantryman in World War I.  To avoid being killed by a German pilot, Cloud’s father fell into a river, pretending to be dead.

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His father has never gotten over this, and wears a white feather of shame.  As Johnny grew up and entered the air force, his father drilled into him that he must never shame himself the same way.

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The Nazi pilot who shot Johnny Cloud down lands and pursues his prey.  Johnny winds up diving into a river, just as his father did.  But unlike his dad, he does this to lure the man closer, pulling him into the river and defeating him.

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