Van E. Harl
AMERICAN HERO OR NAZIS STOOGE?
One of the reasons the Air Force has a set of rules on how they go about memorializing an Air Force member is so that person can not embarrass the military. The Air Force does not routinely name air bases or new buildings after living people. Just because someone in a time of war jumped out of a burning aircraft and saved an entire village from destruction all at great risk to their life, does not means they will behave honorably the rest of their life.
USMC Colonel Greg “Pappy” Boyington was presented the Medal of Honor when the Department of the Navy thought he was dead. The problem was he was a prisoner of the Japanese and he returned to the US to continue his life as an embarrassing drunk. He even stated the best thing the “Japs” did for him was keep him sober for almost two years.
Now Charles Lindbergh is in the news again. Lindbergh made world news and is forever in the history books for his solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean on 20 May 1927. Lindbergh was never a combat flying pilot. He was too young to serve in WW I. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1924 as an Army Air Corps, Air Service Reserve Pilot. Lindbergh was sent to Germany in the mid 1930s at the request of the War Department. He was to use his fame in order to get a closer look at the German buildup of their military. What he became was the darling of Hermann Goring, head of the German Air Force. He got to see most of what the Germans had in the way of new and advanced aircraft.
Lindberg’s father was a politician from Minnesota and worked to keep the US out of WW I. He was gone from office by 1917 just as the US was entering that war. Charles Lindberg felt that the US should stay out of another war in Europe and proposed a neutrality pact with Adolph Hitler in the event of conflict. He also let his negative feelings be known about the Jews and how he believed they were behind trying to get the US to enter WW II on the side of the Allies. Never mind the fact that England was at the end of it’s rope and desperately needed the power and might of the US military.
President Roosevelt knew the Germans were never going to make a hostile act directly at the US. This is why he had a plan developed to goad the Japanese into attacking our country. I am sure Roosevelt was not expecting anything as destructive as Pearl Harbor but he did need an attack in order to declare war on the Axis powers and move through the back door to save England. Lindberg was a reserve Colonel in the Air Corp when he resigned his commission in protest of the pro-English stand Roosevelt took.
After the US entered WW II Lindberg tried to rejoin the Army but nobody wanted him. At that point nobody trusted this has-been American hero. In his hometown of Little Falls, Minnesota, his name was removed from the town water tower. Now it has been disclosed through DNA testing that Lindberg had two children by a German hat maker.
But it does not stop there. He is also alleged to have had five more children with two other German women. And it appears this was with all three German women knowing about each other. I am not sure if this is the height of arrogance or just a sound case of perpetual dysfunctional adultery. These births are alleged to have happened after 1950. But what if there are more children from the late 1930s? Don’t you think the Germans would have known if Lindberg had fathered good little Nazis children while Hitler was in power?
Lindberg was buried in some made-up civilian job working in war industry and kept out of sight during the rest of WW II. President Eisenhower restored his military commission in 1954 as a Brigadier General. Now that was a joke. How do you trust a man like Lindbergh? How did Anne Marrow Lindbergh, his wife trust him? Let’s not name anything else after Charles Lindbergh – at least not until we can get the body count straight on dead Europeans at the hands of his German friends; Jews or otherwise.
It would appear Aim High meant something different to Lucky Lindy or was it Get-Lucky Lindy?
©Copyright July 13, 2005 by Van E. Harl