Howard Miner never expected to contract the first documented case of the mumps in Guadalcanal history.
As a Navy Black Cat, he took his share of chances during the ten-hour, night long flights in darkened PBYs painted entirely black, searching the seas for enemy ships and downed fliers ~ the original stealth aircrafts. But wartime was unpredictable, and whether landing on an exotic tropical isle where the women he saw from the air turned out to be topless, or dropping wing tanks containing a strange new substance called “Napalm,” this was clearly a very different world than he had known as a college student in Indiana.
His is a tale of seven buddies, all pilots who flew at night, slept and got into mischief by day, then repeated. Their PBY Catalina odyssey stretched from the Solomon Islands to the northern tip of the Philippines and included a full range of missions, from search, attack, and bombing runs, to daring sea rescues. Howard’s journey through training and tours of duty is skillfully captured in his art and narratives. The descriptive verse from the artist’s viewpoint gives us a creatively told and intriguing portrayal of WWII’s Pacific Theater.
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I graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1972 with a BA in English and immediately put it to good use…as a landscape contractor. Yes, jobs were scarce, and landscape design came pretty naturally for me, so it seemed for a while my writing career amounted to letters to the editor or, if hackles rose enough, to politicians.
When my father passed away in 2011, the family made some discoveries. The short version: we uncovered a magical trove of artwork, writing, photos, and memorabilia of all shapes and sizes. I realized an outstanding, poignant WWII tale about a largely unknown group of fliers was practically handed to me,
I continue to work enthusiastically on behalf of Black Cats and WWII veterans everywhere. Writing for blogs and magazines, giving presentations, and developing a new documentary for museums are a big part of the equation. I am also actively seeking another “Greatest Generation” story crying out to be told.
My wife, Heidi and I live in the Oregon countryside with our dogs and enjoy hiking, gardening, and photography. She is a retired teacher, and I am still a landscape designer…just barely.