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     DraegerWF01c

My uncle, Capt. Walter F. Draeger Jr. (1933-1965). My late mother's brother is still listed as missing in action in North Vietnam.  He was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross. His award citation reads: 


The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Captain Walter Frank Draeger, Jr. (AFSN: 0-3053337), United States Air Force (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as Pilot of an A-1 Skyraider with Detachment 10, 1131st Special Activities Squadron, in action on 4 April 1965, over North Vietnam. On that date, Captain Draeger volunteered to fly as a Fighter-Advisor with the Vietnamese Air Force into an area of known heavily concentrated anti-aircraft artillery. He participated in a highly successful bombing mission of a vital Viet Cong target, contributing materially to its destruction. On the return flight from the primary target, Captain Draeger's flight leader was shot down by hostile ground fire. Captain Draeger immediately called for search and rescue assistance. Although completely alone and within range of the hostile ground fire, he orbited the area of his downed flight leader until the unarmed search and rescue aircraft arrived in the vicinity. Upon arrival in the area, over which Captain Draeger was flying protective cover, the unarmed rescue aircraft requested fire suppression assistance. Captain Draeger commenced a firing pass to allow the rescue aircraft to safely enter the area. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, he made the strafing run into the hostile fire. Ignoring the air bursts from shore batteries, Captain Draeger pressed his attack and, in so doing, sacrificed his own life. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Captain Draeger reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

 

http://www.virtualwall.org/dd/DraegerWF01a.htm

http://taskforceomegainc.org/d387.html

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Capt-Walter-F-Draeger-Jr/124555577614058?sk=info

 

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My late mother Bonnie Jean Draeger Pierce, at about age 8, with her accordion. 

 

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Images of my mother through the years. 

 

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My late brother Nathaniel Draeger Pierce, composer of track 11, Nocturne-Impromptu, on my CD "Kernels of America." He bravely struggled with the challenges of schizophrenia for 20 years.  For more on his life, see: http:www.newlumenpress.com 

 

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Me and my brother, early 1970s.

(He asked me to take all his calls.)

 

 

Saint Petersburg, Russia: A Fascinating City...

 

094(1)

Twilight on the River Neva

 

198 

Grave of Alexander Borodin, Alexander Nevsky Lavra

 

200(1)

Tchaikovsky's grave, Alexander Nevsky Lavra 

 

112

One of the many side streets of St. Petersburg--

man with briefcase appears to be Vladimir Putin... 

 

152

Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood

 

094

Skinhead Magpie (Corvus-Russki-on-Neva)...

perhaps he should have invested in an ushanka

(russiancrow )to make it through the Russian winter?

 

171

Natty dressers on Nevsky Prospekt

 

063 

Shostakovich Hall

 

122a

Perhaps the greatest living embodiment of a Russian babushka

 

budapest

Budapest, Hungary--Parliament 

 

692

Fargo, ND 

 

vienna2

Vienna, Austria 

 

090a 

Växjö, Sweden

 

010

Minneapolis, MN--from Foshay Tower

 

537

Buffalo, WY--Occidental Hotel

 

129

San Diego, CA--Santa Fe depot

 

512 

San Francisco, CA--from Coit Tower

 

551 

San Francisco--Ghirardelli Square

 

644

San Francisco--Anchor Steam brewery

 

672

San Francisco--Mission St., near Sherman Clay Pianos

 

691

San Francisco--gallery of SF PALM (Performing Arts Library and Museum), Veterans Building.  Am I the only one who thinks that writing a musical tribute to the horrors of the 1906 quake is a bit odd?  

[Then again, perhaps the estimable M. Thea. Hays was paying homage to Beethoven's Ruins of Athens.]

 

065

Los Angeles, CA 

 

852

Alameda Naval Air Station, Oakland, CA--the legendary WWII carrier, USS Hornet

 

074(1)

Colorado Springs, CO 

 

253a

Aspen, CO 

 

1067

Las Vegas, NV 

 

1117 

Las Vegas, NV

 

 099

Göteborg, Sweden 

 

074

Stockholm, Sweden--from City Hall tower

 

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Andermatt, Switzerland

 

heineken 

Amsterdam, Netherlands--Heineken Brewery

 

067(1) 

Copenhagen, Denmark--Nyhavn 

 

100

Auburn, IN--Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum 

 

241 

New York, NY--(undisclosed location)

  

107

Española, NM

"Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future."  

                                                        --Oscar Wilde

 

357

Beartooth Highway, MT

 

135(1)

Denver, CO

 

017a

St. Petersburg, Russia 

 

298

Joliet, MT 

 

195 

Cincinnati, OH--Cincinnati Union Terminal

 

206

Cincinnati, OH 

 

462 

Chicago, IL--Signature Room at the 95th, John Hancock Center 

 

178(1)

Hillerød, Denmark 

 

IMG_2570

Milwaukee, WI 

 

102

New York, NY--I believe this is what is charitably known as a doorknob fail...

 

161a

Hillerød, Denmark--Frederiksborg Castle, Great Hall

 

022 

Stockholm, Sweden--St. Jacob's Kyrka

 

092a

Ekerö, Sweden--Drottningholm Slott 

 

160(1)

Denver, CO--Tivoli Union Brewery 

 

100_8937 

Galena, IL

 

durham(1) 

Durham, UK 

 

urbino2

Urbino, Italy 

 

brno(1)

Ferociously animated graffiti inside an elevator--

Brno, Czech Republic 

 

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Prague, CR--Vltava with Charles Bridge 

 

027

Cleveland, OH--aboard WWII submarine USS Cod

 

425

St. Paul, MN

 

 

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Copenhagen, DK--Marmorkirken 

 

440a

Ashland, PA 

 

152(1) 

Philadelphia, PA

 

016

near Wisconsin Dells, WI--now don't drink and drive, folks...

 

064

Wilkes-Barre, PA

 

chenonceau

Chenonceaux, France--Chenonceau Château

 

342

Crow Agency, MT--Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument 

  

262 

San Diego, CA--from Coronado 

 

247a

Jamestown, NY  

 

040

Minneapolis, MN--Basil's Restaurant, IDS Tower 

 

092

Reykjavik, Iceland 

 

358

Beartooth Highway, MT 

 

261

Toledo, OH

 

050a

Albuquerque, NM 

 

skagen

Skagen, Denmark 

 

 100_8966

Kearney, NE

 

069

Helsinki, Finland  

 

639 

Lead, SD

 

033(1) 

Potosi, WI--National Brewery Museum

 

338

Newport, RI 

 

379(1) 

Valhalla, NY 

 

040(1)

Stockholm, Sweden--Gamla Stan

 

127a

Stockholm--from Kaknästornet

 

newcastle

Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK

 

001a(2) 

Columbus, OH

 

512a

Cody, WY 

 

130(1)

Denver, CO--Colorado State Capitol 

 

chambord

Loir-et-Cher, France--Château de Chambord

 

165

Tombstone, AZ 

 

132 

Hillerød, Denmark--Frederiksborg Castle

 

010a

Columbus, WI 

 

128

Jim Thorpe, PA 

 

1101

Las Vegas, NV

 

441 

Creede, CO

 

170

Tallinn, Estonia 

 

019 

On Lake Vättern, Sweden

 

711

San Francisco, CA--WWII submarine USS Pampanito, 

detail of aft torpedo room 

 

207a

Manitou Springs, CO--Pikes Peak Cog Railway

 

947a

near Desert View, AZ 

 

145 

St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Hpim0818b

Superior, WI 

 

dresden 

Dresden, Germany

 

hicar

near Makaha, HI

 

129(1) 

New York, NY

 

IMG_2242

Chicago, IL

 

117 

Copenhagen, DK--Tivoli 

 

293

Buffalo, WY 

 

095(2) 

Minneapolis, MN--Nye's Polonaise Room 

 

london1 

London, UK 

 

IMG_2267

Somewhere on US Route 6, PA 

 

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My Dad made me this cool and beautiful workbench with his own hands for my 5th birthday...and what's the first thing I manage to do?  Pound some nails into the wooden handle of the screwdriver (well, it could be that they're in that board on top, actually...) 

 

150

Auburn, IN--detail from 1933 Pierce-Arrow front end, 
Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum

 

902a

Earp, CA

 

089a

Reykjavik, Iceland 

 

438b(1)

Gilberton, PA....

 

275

...Casper, WY.  

 

Same logo--same company (Kroger Corporation of Cincinnati, OH).  But the gas prices are better in Casper--and somehow a turkey (sandwich?), a hill (of beans??), and thou doesn't quite roll off the tongue...

 

 

stvitus

Prague, CR--St. Vitus Cathedral 

 

138 

Kansas City, MO--Union Station

 

691a 

Fargo, ND 

 

173 

Pittsburgh, PA

 

alnwick(1)

Alnwick, UK--Alnwick Castle

 

100_9001

Harrops Sandhills Park, Nebraska Sandhills

 

013

Sundbyberg, Sweden 

 

053 

Stockholm, Sweden--City Hall, interior 

 

860

Québec City, QC

 

905

Québec City, QC

 

013(3)

Sparta, WI

 

485 

Boston, MAhit counter code

 

170a 

Steamboat Springs, CO 

 

1498

Chicago, IL--Upper Wacker Drive (near Willis Tower), as viewed from the apocalyptic hellhole currently known as Lower Wacker Drive 

 

1160 

Montréal, QC

 

410

Cincinnati, OH--Roebling Suspension Bridge 

 

112(1)

Minneapolis, MN

 

178

Tucson, AZ 

 

059

Helsinki, Finland

 

169(2)

New York, NY

 

655 

Portland, ME 

 

IMG_2758a(1) 

Holland, MI

 

1430

Detroit, MI--Michigan Central Station 

http://www.savemichigancentral.com/ 

 

601 

Rye, NH 

 

jfkpub1 

Hillerød, Denmark--John F Kennedy Pub

 

194a 

Denver, CO 

 

223 

near Confluence, PA 

 

792 

Québec City, QC

 

1020

Grand Canyon NP, AZ 

 

gershwina

Prague, CR

 

1390

Detroit, MI

 

033(2)

Dundee, WI

 

077b

Colorado Springs, CO 

 

058

Omaha, NE

 

375

New York, NY 

 

andermatt2

Andermatt, Switzerland

 

101

San Diego, CA--Liberty Station

 

IMG_2615

Milwaukee, WI--Miller Brewery

 

576

Boston, MA

 

396 

Philadelphia, PA

 

121c

near Truth or Consequences, NM 

 

971 

Québec City, QC--Château Frontenac

 

049a

south of St. Louis, MO

 

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Honolulu, HI

 

006

Minneapolis, MN--Guthrie Theater

 

163a

St. Petersburg, Russia--Alexandrinsky Theatre

 

023(4)

Copenhagen, Denmark--Royal Danish Theatre

 

IMG_2309 

New York, NY 

 

228a

Denver, CO 

 

IMG_2406 

near Coudersport, PA 

 

1097 

Las Vegas, NV 

 

036

Deerfield, WI 

 

114

Copenhagen, DK--Tivoli

 

170(1) 

Tombstone, AZ

 

100_8969 

Kearney, NE 

 

174(1)

Tallinn, Estonia

 

1422

Detroit, MI 

 

 aprplatteville

Platteville, WI--My mother and me in my Aunt's old house, I think I was about 1 year old...

 

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Christmas, 2004.  When my grandmother occupied this house, she always used to have 3 trees up in the house at Christmas time, and she would always have one here on the upstairs level.  Happy memories...

 

whitebra 

White Bear Lake, MN

 

wigmore

London, UK--'Artistes Entrance,' left of the dumpster, back of Wigmore Hall

 

449

South San Francisco, CA

 

1516 

Chicago, IL

 

1163 

Montréal, QC

 

013(2)

Stockholm, Sweden--Nybroviken

 

154a

San Diego, CA--Hotel del Coronado

 

002

Columbus, OH 

 

704(2)

Solon, Maine  

 

027a(1)

Minneapolis, MN--City Hall, interior 

 

398 

near Abiquiú, NM

 

230b

St. Petersburg, Russia

 

894

Québec City, QC

 

041(2)

near Cedar Lake, WI 

 

452 

Boston, MA 

 

302a

Trinidad, CO 

 

092(1)

Valby, Denmark--World's largest beer bottle collection (17,000+ and counting), Carlsberg brewery 

 

1375

Detroit, MI--(former) Government Motors

 

005a 

Los Angeles, CA 

 

147

Cincinnati, OH--Cincinnati Union Terminal 

 

653

San Francisco, CA--Anchor Steam Brewery

 

084

Milford, CT 

 

1144

Montréal, QC

 

189a

near Laramie, WY 

 

1388

Detroit, MI

 

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Scottsdale, AZ 

 

106

Helsingborg, Sweden

 

262(2)

New York, NY--National 9/11 Memorial 

 

118(2)

San Diego, CA 

 

geesetruck 

near Kenyon, MN

 

066b

Chicago, IL

 

184

St. Petersburg, Russia--outside 1 Izmailovsky Ave., where composer Sergei Prokofiev lived from 1913-17

 

366

Valhalla, NY

 

IMG_2399b 

La Plume, PA 

 

763a

Québec City, QC

 

icecastle

St. Paul, MN 

 

266

Pueblo, CO 

 

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Venice, Italy

 

105

New York, NY

 

IMG_2438

Wellsboro, PA

 

IMG_2107

Duluth, MN

 

IMG_1129

San Bernardino, CA

 

104(2)

Sedalia, MO

 

110

Copenhagen, DK--street scene, Købmergade 

 

669

Bismarck, ND

 

023(1)

St. Louis, MO 

 

713

Madison, WI 

 

374

Los Angeles, CA

 

405

Philadelphia, PA

 

074a

Crested Butte, CO

 

1062

Montréal, QC 

 

047

Omaha, NE

 

193

Greensburg, PA

 

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My grandfather in front of the chicken coop on his farm, c. 1983.  One of the first pictures I ever took with an old Argus 50mm camera that belonged to my late uncle.  The stack of lumber leaning against the building on the left was what he used as fuel for the little woodburning stove inside to keep the chickens warm for optimal egg-laying.  I remember going in there during the coldest winter days to warm up for a while, that was a lot of fun.

 

109

Valby, Denmark

 

220a

San Diego, CA

 

311

New York, NY

 

362 

Billings, MT

 

006(2)

Merrimac, WI

 

652

Portland, ME

 

118 

St. Petersburg, Russia

 

1008

Donnacona, QC

 

100(1)

Kansas City, MO 

 

chickcar

Freeport, IL

 

968

Grand Canyon NP, AZ 

 

221

San Diego, CA

 

519 

Boston, MA

 

swedesburg

Swedesburg, IA 

 

365

Beverly Hills, CA

 

080(1)

Reads Landing, MN

 

1421

Detroit, MI

 

409(1) 

Philadelphia, PA

 

084(1) 

Þingvellir National Park, Iceland

 

044

Stockholm, Sweden

 

014(1) 

New York, NY

 

092(2) 

Denver, CO

 

035

near Wonewoc, WI 

 

474 

San Francisco, CA

 

038(2)

Harrisburg, PA 

 

185a

Cairo, IL 

 

013(4)

Minneapolis, MN

 

amstcanal_0017

Amsterdam, Netherlands 

 

460

Chicago, IL

 

162

Cumberland, MD

 

029(1) 

New York, NY

 

078

Superior, WI 

 

kbh_0008

Lyngby, Denmark

 

943

near Desert View, AZ

 

051

La Crosse, WI 

 

321b

Raton, NM

 

278

Pueblo, CO

 

059(1)

San Diego, CA

 

020

St. Paul, MN

 

047(1) 

Albuquerque, NM

 

951

Québec City, QC

 

050

Fall River, MA

 

046c

St. Petersburg, Russia

 

270

New York, NY--9/11 Memorial 

 

067(2)

Superior, WI

 

durham 

Durham, UK

 

086 

Reads Landing, MN

 

504 

San Francisco, CA

 

036(2)

Arkville, NY 

 

231(1)

Forsyth, MT

 

408

Philadelphia, PA 

 

191

Butte, MT

 

269

Boston, MA

 

077

Horseshoe Bend, ID

 

791

Québec City, QC

 

041

Spokane, WA 

 

057(1)

Bozeman, MT

 

048

Cloquet, MN

 

112(2) 

 Astoria, OR

 

078(1) 

Newport, RI

 

207

Seattle, WA

 

IMG_2566

Milwaukee, WI 

 

021

White Bird, ID

 

010(4) 

Norwich, NY

 

351 

Portland, OR

 

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Deerfield, WI

 

096 

Ennis, MT

 

046

Bellingham, WA 

 

newcastle2a

Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK

 

232

Seattle, WA

 

014(2)

St. Paul, MN

 

034 

Shoshoni, WY

 

433

Charlestown, MA

 

302

Portland, OR

 

040(2)

New York, NY

 

098 

Terry, MT

 

068(1) 

Chicago, IL

 

026(1)

Spokane, WA

 

carlsberg_0010

Copenhagen, DK

 

010(5)

Winchester, ID

 

175

Kalama, WA

 

345

Scituate, MA 

 

014(3) 

Seattle, WA

 

081b 

Superior, WI

 

307

Butte, MT

 

118(3) 

Virginia City, MT

 

1077(1) 

Montréal, QC

 

296 

Latourell Falls, OR 

 

219(1)

San Juan, PR

 

137(1) 

Los Angeles, CA

 

boysen 

Boysen, WY 

 

1426

Detroit, MI

 

045

Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI

 

039(1) 

Concrete, WA

 

180 

Elko, NV

 

041(1)

Duluth, MN

 

162(1)

Frederiksted, St. Croix

 

038

Mexican Hat, UT 

 

108

Los Angeles, CA 

 

462(1)

Ponce, PR

 

133

Miles City, MT

 

242 

Boston, MA

 

092lax

La Crosse, WI

 

436(1)

Bainbridge Island, WA

 

159

St. Petersburg, Russia

 

107(1)

San Diego, CA

 

072

Manistee, MI

 

310

 

311(1)

San Juan, PR 

 

125 

Virginia City, NV

 

130(2) 

New York, NY

 

424 

Christiansted, St. Croix

 

028

Copenhagen, DK

 

105(1)

Ennis, MT

 

            feb7_0012 

With my brother early on in Cascade, WI--

he had the cowboy thing down by about age 3. 

 

003(2) 

 Jackson Hole, WY

 

041(3)

Los Angeles, CA

 

079(1)

Springfield, MA 

 

059(2) 

Spokane, WA

 

064(3)

Provo, UT

 

035(1)

Minneapolis, MN

 

126a

Atomic City, ID 

 

181

Ponce, PR

 

267a

Suttons Bay, MI

 

014(4)

San Diego, CA

 

147(1) 

St. Louis, MO

 

518 

Oklahoma City, OK

 

465 

Port Townsend, WA

 

772

Philadelphia, PA

 

335

Portland, OR

 

431

Key Largo, FL

 

IMG_8802 

Baltimore, MD

 

103 

Las Vegas, NV

 

IMG_6889 

New Orleans, LA

 

030(1)

St. Paul, MN

 

060(1)

Mt. Rainier NP, WA

 

IMG_8373 

Jacksonville, FL

 

844 

Fort Worth, TX

 

290a

Staten Island, NY

 

046(1)

Hatch, UT 

 

073(1)

Eagle River, WI 

 

056

Mt. Palomar, CA

 

079(2)

Tampa, FL

 

114(1)

St. Petersburg, Russia

 

642

Leetonia, OH

 

212(1) 

San Juan, PR 

 

148 

Salt Lake City, UT

 

124

Charleston, SC

 

IMG_0061

St. Paul, MN                         #redbullcrashedice

 

585

Marathon, FL

 

IMG_6383

Weimar, TX

 

560 

Astoria, NY

 

288

Seattle, WA 

 

187 

St. Augustine, FL

 

100_8708

Minneapolis, MN 

 

079(3) 

San Francisco, CA

 

317 

Ashland, WI

 

064a 

Fall River, MA

 

064(4)

Bozeman, MT

 

758

Miami Beach, FL

 

 

 

 

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