the rest of the story….

You can get a pretty good idea of what  Marc  was really, really doing in  Viet Nam… and it wasn’t flying  Generals  around who didn’t want to be shot at…  🙂

What do you think?  When you have an hour to watch a great documentary by the Discovery Channel  about  Marc’s life  from the Vietnam War  in 1969 to the making of “Tomorrow Never Dies”  (a James Bond  film in 1997)… Here is a link… it was titled  “Shoot to Thrill” ….

See if you agree that he was doing  Snake  kinda thingys…. and let me know.

Bruce Perry (Snake) Crandall (born February 17, 1933) is a retired U.S. Army officer who received the Medal of Honor for his actions as a pilot during the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965 in South Vietnam. During the battle, he flew 22 missions in an unarmed helicopter into enemy fire to evacuate more than 70 wounded and bring ammunition and supplies to US forces. By the end of the Vietnam War, he had flown more than 900 combat missions.

Hmmmm….  I wonder…..


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my baby brother… my hero….

Most of the movies about the War in Vietnam were a sign of the times…. our soldiers were depicted as crazies, drug addicts, rapists, baby killers and the like… not very edifying… not very entertaining… then… finally.. in 2002… the movie  “We Were Soldiers”  was released… and redeemed the whole thing for me…

Meanwhile, my baby brother Marc, had spent a year flying helicopters in Vietnam… he was conducting combat flight operations, as both pilot and platoon leader, responsible for a flight of 8 helicopters.  He would tell us at home not to worry… he was the best pilot in the unit, so all the generals wanted to fly in his chopper and generals don’t like to be shot at.

I should have known something was a little off about that statement as I recalled watching General Patton standing in the middle of the street firing his hand gun at an airplane that was shooting at him, bullets bouncing all around him….  hmmmm…

Then I saw the movie… and met a helicopter pilot … his name is  Major Bruce “Snake” Crandall…. played by Greg Kinnear in the movie.  That’s when I realized what Marc was  “actually”  doing.  He was another “snake”… just 5 years later…  First… here is a picture of Greg Kinnear as Snake….  then my sketch of baby brother Marc… another Snake….  🙂IMG_3310.jpg



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movies, hero’s and WWII…

My life has been greatly impacted by movies… (one of the ways I would scratch my itch to be a professional actor)🙂   Especially movies about WWII…. I talked about that on my Audie Murphy sketch… as I worked my way thru what I wrote back on 9/15,  I realized why I did not want to go to Korea or to Viet Nam… they were different kinds of wars… no longer protecting our country from the evil invaders… now the wars were fought with no intention of “winning them”… they were all offspring of the “Dark Coins”… political, economic or whatever… it was a whole different set of emotions that went along with those very different kinds of wars… glad I have stopped wrestling.

In 1970, the movie  “PATTON” was released… it won all the awards… I thought George C. Scott was totally inside Patton… both of them are my heroes…. think it’s time to watch it again….  🙂


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another special hero…

Thomas McCloy was a very special man in my life, although I never had the pleasure of meeting him.  At 21 years of age he enlisted to serve his country in the U.S.Army… it was  November 16th, 1942 …he enlisted for the duration of the war plus 6 months.

He had met Mary Donaldson and they were married before he was shipped overseas, where he was part of a reconnaissance team for the rest of the war, serving with Patton in Europe till the war ended in 1945.  On July 3, 1944 Mary gave birth to their first child, a little girl they named Ellen Ann McCloy.  He never saw his daughter until he came home from the war.  Tragically, Thomas died of cancer in 1964 at age 43.

I met his daughter Ellen in 1967… we were married in 1969…  Thank you Thomas and Mary… your daughter has been the biggest blessing of my life.


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my first heroine sketch….

This is my sketch of Lian’s self portrait that I posted yesterday…. hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it…. 🙂


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also a time for heroines….

Our grand-daughter Lian will be my first attempt at sketching a heroine… Lian is an artist… and… has been at the top of the family list in pressing me to sketch… both initially back at Christmastime and then again at my last birthday party…

First I would like to begin by posting her own drawing… it is a magnificent self portrait she did… that I will be working from.

I will attempt later today and tomorrow, to sketch her from this self portrait… we shall see what that will look like…. but it will never compare to this….  🙂


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it’s a time for heroes…

Enough of the evil one…  it is a time for heroes… so let me begin with the man who had quite an impact on my life when I saw the movie  “To Hell and Back”  in 1955.

Once I watched it, I finally understood what I had been feeling from December 7, 1941 until V-J Day… for those 5 years, all I wanted to do was get old enough to enlist in the Marines and help defend our country against the Japanese invaders… Let me digress for a moment to explain  V-J Day, since so many people I have met during the past 30 years had no idea what I was referring to when I mentioned  “V-J Day”…

“The U.S. Army Center of Military History recognizes V-J Day as Sept. 2, 1945 – the day on which Japan formally signed surrender documents aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.  A little after 9 a.m. that day, Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signed on behalf of the Japanese government and a tearful Gen. Yoshijiro Umezu signed on behalf of the armed forces.  On the Allied side, Sup. Cmdr. Douglas MacArthur signed on behalf of the United Nations. Ten signatures and 20 minutes later, the war was officially over.”

Audie Murphy was 10 years older than me on that  ‘day of infamy’ … his story is an amazing story of a young man who desperately wanted to serve his country but was too small, underweight and under age….   here is a  link  that is worth the read…

Audie Murphy became one of the most decorated soldiers of WWII… his memoirs were made into the movie  “To Hell and Back”… Murphy played  himself  in the movie…  here is a  link  about the movie.

Audie Murphy was a hero to me….  I will be sketching more of them…

here is my sketch of Audie Murphy …

(definition of hero:   a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character)


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The Personifications #2

Although there have been many people I could have selected as the epitome of evil throughout the years… in my lifetime… this was the man who most exhibited the life of the evil one… one of Satan’s  darkest ‘coins’….


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The Personifications #1

Here is the personification of our Father’s love… His Name is Jesus… He rules the “Coin” of the Kingdom of God…


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sketching again…

The family has strongly exhorted me to begin sketching again… this time it was at my 83rd birthday party… where I was presented with a set of pencils, erasers and sharpeners…

The direction I have is more along the line of my previous “Musings”, so I am posting each one here…  To begin with… I drew up a dream I had some time ago about the “Coins of the Realms”… so… it has begun…



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