Memorial Day: A ‘Hell Hawk’ Tells His Story

EDWARD LOPEZ LOOKS BACK ON HIS CHILDHOOD IN L.A., LIFE AS A TEEN COWBOY IN NEW MEXICO, AND A FIGHTER PILOT IN WORLD WAR II—AND PAYS TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO DIDN’T SURVIVE THE FIGHTING, ESPECIALLY COUSIN JOHN.

By Edward J. Lopez

I WAS A HELL HAWK. THAT WAS THE NAME given to us pilots in the 365th Fighter Group of the Army Air Corps. Among the many missions I flew against the Wehrmacht’s last bloody stand in the waning days of World War II were two that proved decisive in the victory of the Allies over Hitler.

It’s odd to think about: I was a boy in the early days of downtown Los Angeles in the ’20s and ’30s. My brother and I would pretend we were pilots, but I never really thought I would one day become one. As a teen, I spent time as a cowboy, learning to ride horses on the New Mexico range where my family had our roots. Then, I helped the Allies finish off Germany.

There’s a through-line to this story, though and it’s this: Instinct.

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Dad, Why Am I a Cubs Fan?

 

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Andre “The Hawk” Dawson takes a swing.

I ALWAYS LOVED THE CUBS-IT WAS A FAMILY TRADITION. ONE DAY I ASKED MY FATHER HOW THAT TRADITION BEGAN.

By Travis Stebens

BASEBALL HAS ALWAYS been my favorite sport. And I’ve always been a Cubs fan. For as long as I could remember I was the only kid among my friends cheering for them. I’m not a kid anymore, but after all these years, I’m still the only one I know whose loyalty is to the home team at Wrigley Field.

The red, white, and blue colors of Chicago run thick in my blood, even though when I started out I never knew the history of the Cubs. I just knew that they were my team. However, over time I learned through the years of disappointment—and sometimes moments feeling weightless with anticipation and elation. But win or lose, I love to love my team.

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