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plane ride.
l saw plenty of flying, all right.
l was on a CV. That's a flattop.
But l never knew things
looked so pretty from up here.
Sure is beautiful.
l never thought so.
This used to be my office.
- Bombardier, weren't you?
- Yeah. That's where the bombsight was.
l spent a lot of time on my knees up there.
- Praying?
- Yeah, that too.
- Cigarette, Homer?
- Thanks.
lt's all right, l can get it.
Here, l've got a match, Captain.
- Thanks.
- Thank you.
- Anybody superstitious?
- No, go ahead.
Well, l am.
Boy, you ought to see me
open a bottle of beer.
- You got nothing to worry about.
- Thanks.
- l guess you saw a lot of action.
- No, l didn't see much of the war.
- l mean, the way you fellas did.
- You trying to kid the army?
No, l was stationed in
the repair shop, below decks.
Oh, l was in plenty of battles.
But l never saw a Jap
or heard a shell coming at me.
When we were sunk, all l know is
there was a lot of fire and explosions.
l was ordered topsides and overboard,
and l was burned.
When l came to l was on a cruiser,
and my hands were off.
- After that l had it easy.
- Easy?!
That's what l said.
They took care of me fine.
They trained me to use these things.
l can dial telephones, l can drive a car.
l can even put nickels in a jukebox.
l'm all right. But...
- But what, sailor?
- Well...
Well, you see, l've got a girl.
- She knows what happened to you?
- Sure. They all know.
But they don't know
what these things look like.
- What's your girl's name, Homer?
- Wilma.
She and l went to high school together.
- l'll bet Wilma's a swell girl.
- She is.
And it'll be all right, sailor.
You wait and see.
Yeah. Wait and see.
Wilma's only a kid. She's never seen
anything like these hooks.
Say, wait till l get home
and tell the folks about this trip.
l'm the first one in my family
that ever rode in an aeroplane.
- Hey, Al.
- Yeah?
Remember what it felt like
when you went overseas?
As well as l remember my own name.
l feel the same way now.
Only more so.
l know what you mean.
Just nervous out of the service, l guess.
The thing that scares me most is that
everybody's gonna try to rehabilitate me.
All l want's a good job, a mild future, and
a house big enough for me and my wife.
Give me that much
and l'm rehabilitated like that.
l'd say that's not too much to ask.
- Are you married, Al?
- Yep.
How long?
20 years.
20 years?!
Holy smoke!
We didn't even have 20 days
before l went over.
l married a girl l met
when l was in training in Texas.
You and your wife will have
a chance to get acquainted.
l wonder how Homer will make out
with that girl of his.
l hope Wilma is a swell girl.
The old home town
hasn't changed much.
There's the golf course.
People are playing golf.
Just as if nothing had ever happened.
Hey, there's Jackson High football field.
Boy, l sure would like to have a dollar
for every forward pass l threw down there.
Good old Jackson High.
- Hey, that must be the new airport.
- Yeah, we're turning into it now.
Holy smoke!
l never knew
there were so many planes.
- And they're junking them.
- What?
Boy, oh boy.
What we could have done
with those in '43.
Yeah, l'll bet.
Some of 'em look brand-new.
From the factory to the scrapheap.
That's all they're good for now.
We gotta get out of the nose
while he sets her down.
There's the ballpark.
- How are the Beavers doing this season?
- They're in sixth place.
Ah! Still in second division!
- Hey, there's Butch's Place.
- Butch's?
Gosh, Butch has got himself
a neon sign.
Been to Butch's Place?
Butch Engle that runs it is my uncle.
Swell guy. Only the family don't think
he's respectable because he sells liquor.
- Best joint in town.
- Let's get together there sometime.
This is my street.
- 1 51 7?
- lt's the fourth house from here.
l wonder if Wilma's home.
How about us
going back to Butch's Place?
We'll have a couple of drinks


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