The novel “A Separate Peace” by John Knowles has a vast array of characters ranging from unimportant to crucial. The story paints two best friends as the main characters, Finny and Gene. Gene is more intellectually skilled while Finny is more physically skilled. Some of the “minor characters” play a role almost as important as the main characters. For example Quackenbush, Brinker, and Elwin they all are minor characters and nevertheless play a very important role in the story.
In Thomas C. Foster’s How To Read Literature Like a Professor For Kids, readers have the ability to identify certain elements from chapters “Nice To Eat You; Acts of Vampires”, “Is That a Symbol?”and “Marked For Greatness”, which Laura Hillenbrand puts to action in her book Unbroken.
Jack Gruener was born in Krakow, Poland in 1927. Jack was an only child. He was twelve years old when the ghetto Plaszow was being built. He survived with his parents, aunt and uncle on top of the roof of their apartment building. They lived in a little shack. One day Jack went out of the ghetto to visit one of his friends. When he got back he noticed that the shack was raided by the Nazis. He was soon taken by Nazis, and then he saw his Uncle. He told him that his parents were killed during the deportation. Jack and his Uncle were separated at the ghetto, and then soon reunited at the camp Tezebinia. His uncle was killed at that concentration camp. He was the only surviving member of his family. He soon went to Birkenau, where he got Prisoner
The Tuskegee Airmen were the most fascinated people that ever could exist. They were there when the war started and when the war ended. They were a huge help throughout it all. But what have become of those airmen. There biggest role in the war was being a pilot that served with the all-black unit. There were two types of pilots. There you had the red tails and red angels. The red tails were the ones whom fought for their freedom. The red angels were non-profit international volunteer.
Shortly following the conclusion of the United States’ conflict in Korea, the American military once again deployed its service members to Eastern Asia to combat and contain the spread of Communism; this time in the form of the Democratic Republic of North Vietnam. While the vast majority of the American populace recalls the Vietnam War as primarily an exercise of ground forces and maneuver, an often-overlooked aspect of the war is the significant contribution to strategy and successful adaptation to threats demonstrated by Air Defense Artillery Soldiers of the era. One of the more proud moments for the Air Defense Artillery Branch was their pivotal role in the Vietnam War. From the branch’s only Medal of Honor winner, to the Duster, and
Hillenbrand depicts the battle scenes beautifully, describing even the most minute of details, to make the reader feel as if he or she is actually there. “The plane was gravely wounded, trying to fly up and over onto its back. It wanted to stall and wouldn’t turn, and the pilots needed all their strength to hold it level. Three Zeros (Japanese Plane) orbited it, spewing streams of bullets and cannon shells.” (100) She also makes the reader want to throw up with her graphic descriptions of punishment and torture. She explains the scene with every bone cracking detail. For example a pilot, Garret, had been captured with an infection in his leg, and the Japanese promised him treatment in exchange for secrets, to which Garret refused. “His (Garret) ankle festered, maggots hatched in it…” (200) “ Two days after Christmas, Garrett was tied down, given a spinal anesthetic, and forced to watch as the Japanese corpsman sawed at his leg, then snapped it off. Though the infection was limited to the ankle, the corpsman cut the entire leg off, because, he told Garrett, this would make it impossible for him to fly a plane again.”
The history of Air Defense Artillery (ADA) starts back as far as the revolutionary war, despite not having aircrafts to protect troops from. The Coast Artillery Corps was ADA’s predecessor, and was created to protect our coasts from moving ships. As technology improved, so did warfare. The Coast Artillery Corps was integrated into the Antiaircraft Artillery (AAA) to combat from aerial attacks, such as those from German zeppelins. Coastal artillery was chosen because of their experience with firing upon moving targets, and they demonstrated their usefulness at the beginning of World War II
Canadians have fought heroically in many battles throughout history. Canada’s troops continue to persevere no matter how difficult the battle may be. The battle, which Canada fought on June 6, 1944, was no exception. D-Day refers to the day when a military operation commences, such as the landings on the Normandy beaches did. The landing area code-named Juno Beach was approximately 10 km (6 miles) wide and stretched on either side of the small fishing port of Courseulles-sur-Mer. Two smaller villages, Bernières and Saint-Aubin, lay to the east of Courseulles. Smaller coastal villages lay behind the sand dunes and had been fortified by the occupying Germans. From the D-Day landings on June 6th through to the encirclement of the German army at
In “Women at Work,” an article adapted from the work of La Verne Bradley published in the August 1944 edition of National Geographic Magazine, the strength and perseverance of women during war times is explored. Prior to World War II, the workplace was seen as “a no woman’s land” (Bradley, 144, p. 83). During World War II woman began filling their men’s’ shoes more than ever before as they filed into factories (Bradley, 1944, p. 83). “At the same time [as preparing and helping their country with the war], [women] worked hard to keep their homes or set up new ones” (Bradley, 1944, p. 75).
In the second section of the book, “Unbroken”, the author talked a lot about the experiences of the crew that Louie was with when he joined the army. Louie ended up with Phil and several other men to form a crew with their plane, a B-24 model, which they named “Superman”. They were all great pals who went through thick and thin together, but they believed the chance of survival was slim. One day, they barely managed to get it back to home base on one mission when the enemy relentlessly attacked their plane. However, one crew member was beyond help and several more had injuries that rendered them unsuitable for battle, their plane was also unrepairable. The crew turned into 4 men without a plane, so they got several replacement crewmen. However,
Written by John Knowles, A Separate Peace, acknowledges the issues regarding identity through its four major characters: Gene, who suffers a lack of selfhood; Finny, who loses his self in an accident; Leper, who feels overlooked by his peers; and, Brinker, who deems he must live up to his family’s expectations. Though the novel is expressed in Gene’s perspective, identity is the primary theme and touches on all four characters. Furthermore, the three articles, "Are you Having an Identity Crisis?", "Basics of Identity" and, "Authenticity and Identity" all further analyze the topic. Additionally, they amalgamate with the book to describe the insecurities of the characters.
Have you ever wanted to know what it is like to be in mid air warfare? That is what the Tuskegee Airmen did. They were one of the best Airmen the U.S ever had. They flew during World War II and protected U.S bombers. They were one of the most accomplished Airmen and Gunmen the U.S ever had.
In the company photograph of the 130th Chemical Company the three friends are pictured sitting together shoulder to shoulder, just as they joined the Army together, trained together, and stationed together in London, where on July 3, 1944, died together.
William B. Sargent was born in 1964 to Donald and Ethlyn Sargent. Bill grew up in Littleton on Pleasant Street where his parents still reside. He attended our great schools here in Littleton and graduated on this stage behind me in 1982. Like some seniors, Bill was unsure of which direction to go. After deciding to go to Arizona for a year, he returned to Littleton, and joined the United States Army, in the delayed entry program where he would then enter for basic training in the fall of 1983.
"A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory" (Louis Zamperini.) Unbroken is a story of a man named Louis Zamperini. When he was young, he was a trouble maker. Always making trouble. Later he started running due to him constantly escaping from trouble. He became a world record holder. He held many school records, mostly known for his 4 minuet 13 sec mile run. Louis made it to the Olympics in 1936, coming in 7th in the 5,000 meter race. Although he was 7th he caught the attention of Adolf Hitler as his last lap was in 56 seconds. This was very fast for the time. Louis then joined the United States Army Air Corps in September 1941. He earned the role of second lieutenant. Louis was on the "Green Hornet." A plane that he flew. On May 27, 1943 him and his crew crashed into the ocean 850 miles south of Oahu Hawaii. 11 men died but Zamperini survived. The remaining crew and Louis survived 47 days until being found by the Japanese Navy. They were held captive as Japanese prisoners of war at Ofana Japan for a year and one day. Louis Zamperini endured many trials throughout this story. He proved that a moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.