In an instant, the quiet of the night was shattered by the thundering of a low flying, two engine Japanese bomber. Just moments before, Jack had been leaning against the ship’s back railing, bored, and thinking of being back home. Startled by the sudden noise, he looked up, peering directly into the barrel of a Japanese tail gunner’s machine guns. If the gunner squeezed the trigger, Jack would be killed instantly. But, to his surprise, the gunner did not fire. The plane continued past, flying the same low flight path it used to sneak in, until it was out of sight. Gone just as quickly as it had appeared. For years after the war, the image of that machine gun, trained on his face, would haunt Jack’s dreams. Jack Rogers, born in San Diego in 1923, served in New Guinea and the Philippines as an Amphibious Engineer. Jack survived the war and, a talented artist till the end, went to work as a commercial artist, as well as an art instructor at Spokane Falls Community College. Mr. Rogers passed away last year at 94 years old.
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