A Place Forgone

2019_03_07_10_25_54.pdf000 Postcard – Place et Statue de Stanislas L’Hotel de Ville et La Cathedrale

Once upon a time, long ago, I had a scholarship to study in Nancy in the North of France. For a variety of reasons I decided not to avail myself of this honor.  A path not taken.

OSS in Kunming, China

Pacific Paratrooper

Julia Child with OSS colleagues

The OSS group that included Julia Child and her future husband Paul found themselves in a flood in mid-August 1945.  But what they were encountering was nothing compared to the civilians.  Chinese villages of mud huts were “melting like chocolate.”  Farmers drowned in their own fields.  As the flooding began to subside, Japan was hit with the second atomic bomb.

The incoming Russian soldiers only added to the Pandora’s box that was already opened in China.  The OSS HQ in Kunming went into overdrive.  Eight mercy missions were launched to protect the 20,000 American and Allied POW’s and about 15,000 civilian internees.

Elizabeth McIntosh w/ colleagues during Kunming flood

All the frantic preparations – for rescue operations, food and medical drops and evacuation – had to undertaken despite the weather conditions.  Adding to the drama was the uncertain fate of the 6-man OSS team dispatched…

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