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Cpl Carl A. Drain standing near the wing of a C-47 in New Guinea
On December 10, 1944 co-pilot aboard C-47 "The Fireball Mail" 42-24215 and went Missing In Action (MIA).

“I’m in New Guinea now, a soldier lad,
Fighting for freedom for my Wife, Mom and Dad.

On those back home, it sure is tough,
Work a plenty - help and materials, not enough.

This war must surely have an end.
When it does, then, oh! then.

The Allies, I am sure, will all be glad.
I will, because I can work with Dad.”

Poem by U. S. Army Corporal Carl A. Drain of Hemlock, NY
Written June 13, 1944 to his parents
Credit: USAAF  Date: 1943
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