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  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Military
  • Language:English
  • Pages:389
  • eBook ISBN:9781624883071

A Long Journey Home

A Memoir of Life and War in Our Times

by Earnest Dale Johnson

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Overview
After returning from China at the end of World War II in 1945, the author, a Flying Tigers tail gunner, wondered what this war with Japan was all about. He learned that all of the Far Eastern wars had a common beginning: the Opium Wars with China. They began in the 1830s with the British shipping large quantities of opium into that decadent country for the purpose of opening up China to foreign trade. The Opium Wars were followed by the Chinese-Japanese War of 1894-95, the Russian-Japanese War in 1904-05, World War I, World War II, the Korean War in 1950-53 and the Vietnam War from 1953 to 1975. Johnson's purpose in writing this story, which includes his own memories of meeting Ho Chi Minh, John Birch and other characters, is to further understanding of how the United States became involved in these wars and how they affected Americans and the nation.
Description
After returning from China at the end of World War II in 1945, the author, a Flying Tigers tail gunner, wondered what this war with Japan was all about. He learned that all of the Far Eastern wars had a common beginning: the Opium Wars with China. They began in the 1830s with the British shipping large quantities of opium into that decadent country for the purpose of opening up China to foreign trade. The Opium Wars were followed by the Chinese-Japanese War of 1894-95, the Russian-Japanese War in 1904-05, World War I, World War II, the Korean War in 1950-53 and the Vietnam War from 1953 to 1975. Johnson's purpose in writing this story, which includes his own memories of meeting Ho Chi Minh, John Birch and other characters, is to further understanding of how the United States became involved in these wars and how they affected Americans and the nation.
About the author
Earnest Dale Johnson was born in Colville, Wash., in 1925, and grew up in Spokane, Wash. After service in World War II as a tail gunner with the Flying Tigers stationed in China, he returned to the U.S., studied law, married and raised five children. His first wife, Ann, died in 1977. He later married Katherine Troutner, who died in 2009. He holds a B.S. (Ed.) degree from the University of Idaho. His military awards include a Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal. His interests include writing, travel, hiking, fly fishing, cross-country skiing and bicycling. He is an avid reader and a student of foreign relations, especially China. Johnson lives in Boise and McCall, Idaho.
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