Finally, it’s the month of May. We experienced a few thunder storms just before April ended.We had a couple of visitors for the ASEAN meet last week. Besides a couple of rallies we experienced each May 1. Well for once , Manila celebrated Labor Day quietly.
There were challenges I encountered these past days. A week ago, my computer’s hard disk crashed,leaving me in a quandary on what course of action I need to take. I was playing around with the idea ;or thinking aloud of going back to the Business Process Outsource (BPO) Industry. I figured to sustain me to cover my expenses . Or rely on different source alternative to earn money online.
I could attempt to work and personally fix my computer. So here I am using my son’s old Dell Laptop writing down my thoughts and layout what alternative actions to take.
I was motivated when I read stories of ordinary people despite their humble beginnings they overcame the challenges and obstacles in their lives.
A month ago, I wrote a story of Unforgettable Frank Capra. I was very much impressed by the humble beginning of the multi-Oscar award director and writer especially his fond and love for people. It wasn’t until I started digging up a book about one of his actors.
Specifically ,I am referring to James Stewart. Old folks and Hollywood nostalgic would remember James Stewart as a nice guy who came out in movies such as “Harvey”,“The Glenn Miller Story”.”The Spirit of St Luis”,”Mr. Smith goes to Washington“,and “A wonderful Life“. Only a few would recall James Stewart as a World War II hero.
December 7,1941 was a day of infamy when Imperial forces of Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. More than 2000 or more American civilians and servicemen where killed. James decided it was his patriotic duty to heed the call. He applied and was subsequently drafted for Military Service.
The bigwig from Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer Studios Incorporated or MGM for short, were not happy with the actor’s decision . Meyer tried to dissuade James, instead persuading James to make movies to help in the war effort. This did not deter James Stewart in his decision.
He is the only actor I know who actively participated in the European Theater of War (ETO), He first started as a private. James Stewart rose from the ranks and steadily climbed till he was honorary discharged as a Colonel .
The last rank James Stewart held was a One-Star General for the United States Air force. I was highly impressed with the actor and war hero’s humble modesty ,his coolness under fire and patience considering the enormous deadly stressful situations he underwent. Not once did he pull ranks or strings during his military career in World War II.
Jimmy Stewart, Bomber Pilot chronicles his long journey to become a bomber pilot in combat. Author Starr Smith, the intelligence officer assigned to the movie star, recounts how Stewart’s first battles were with the Air Corps high command, who insisted on keeping the naturally talented pilot out of harm’s way as an instructor pilot for B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators. By 1944, however, Stewart managed to get assigned to a Liberator squadron that was deploying to England to join the mighty Eighth Air Force. Once in the thick of it, he rose to command his own squadron and flew twenty combat missions, including one to Berlin.—Kelly Stewart Harcourt, daughter of Jimmy StewartAmazon Kindle Edition
Matsutatsu Oyama means (大山 倍達), which is a transliteration of ‘Baedal’ (倍達). ‘Baedal’ was an ancient Korean kingdom known in Japan during Oyama’s time as “Ancient Joseon“.