Ormer Leslie "Lock" Locklear
[Ormer] appeared to be well satisfied that his future is assured in the moving picture business and he has fully made up his mind to remain in it. When he makes his next appearance on the screen he promises to surpass his feats in “The Great Air Robbery” by still more daring exploits, some that have never before been attempted by any other flyer.
…He had said to the director, “When I get down to the level of the oil wells, take the lights off me, the sunlight arcs, take those lights off me, and I’ll know where I am. I can come out of it.” And he went into the tailspin and they never took the lights off him…I guess there was practically nothing left of him, ’cause those Jennys, you know, are very fragile…Somebody picked me up, I started to run for the plane and somebody said “Grab her, grab her and take her home.” I guess I was kind of crazy, I couldn’t believe what had happened. And when you’re young, those things are very shocking. I don’t even like to talk about it.
My Dad was a radioman in the Navy. His first orders were for the Pacific Fleet. Then as a radioman for the amphib assault and invasion of Guam. Then he was sent to Okinawa, at the end of the war. He survived a typhoon in Buckner Bay, Okinawa when 22 ships sunk and 222 grounded, with 32 severely damaged. He was then sent back to Guam, where he spent the rest of his tour as radioman for the Fleet Support Guam. He didn't want to talk anymore about his wartime experiences beyond that.My pop was a a forward artillery observer in Korea.
I didn’t know about his actions till I was perusing his photo albums as a teenager. There was a citation/award for his actions. It said the enemy broke through the forward lines and he called in accurate artillery fire in top of his own position to counter the breakthrough which it did. Then as they retreated he moved with them continuing to call in accurate coordinates which ensured they could not mount another effort.
I asked him about it and he said its no big deal….some people did a lot more and it was obvious that conversation was over.
When I was a paramedic I was continually amazed at the things hanging on the “memory walls” in the homes of many elderly people I took care of. You just never knew.
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