Vet searches for lady in wartime photo

November 12, 2015 - photo frame

OKLAHOMA CITY – Dolores Haley’s vital room can resemble a museum.

The walls are lonesome with artwork, most of it her own.

Family photos line a halls, connecting with antiques from other countries and peculiar pieces she’s picked adult during circuitously preservation stores.

“I only adore a preservation stores,” pronounced Haley, who has left by ‘Johnnie’ given she was a girl. “You find a small things that meant something to somebody.”

The imitation in front of her on Veteran’s Day positively meant a lot to someone during World War II.

A lady gazes off to her left in a black and white photograph.

Her imitation has been painted, her eyelashes combined with pencil.

“I only saw a design and thought, ‘Oh my goodness!'” pronounced Haley, recalling how she had non-stop a design support she had bought during a circuitously preservation store to find a imitation inside.

She first found a imitation 9 or 10 years ago, she said, though stumbled on it again recently and knew she had to take some arrange of action.

“If this were my mom, we would give anything for this,” she said. “It’s a story in itself, to me.”

Flip over a imitation and story can roughly come to life.

Scribbled in neat lines of book is a month-by-month comment of a sweetheart’s service, commencement Jan 18, 1942 in Puerto Rico and finale in Dec in a African nation of Eritrea with a words: “Rest for us.”

In between are accounts of travels to India and Egypt and during slightest 7 bombings.

“Started drifting in B-24’s,” a essay reads, “lost commander on Oct. 5 (medical) – mislaid haughtiness on Oct. 8 pg being pounded by ME 110 over 5 times – holes over a craft – mislaid #3 engine, shot 2 110’s.”

Below a story is presumably a residence of a lady in a photo: “Miss Norah Collins, 1219 Northwest 32 Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.”

The people vital in a residence now do not know of a Collins family, though the 1940 Census indicates a Nora Catheline Collins, 20, did live during that address. (The Census Bureau acknowledges names were frequently misspelled in early surveys.)

Three years later, on Apr. 16, 1943, Oklahoma County marriage annals uncover Norah K. Collins tied a tangle with Humphrey B. Hancock.

Hancock, a 1940 Census shows, was counted during Ft. Sill in Comanche.

According to a Military Times, Hancock perceived a Silver Star for “dedicated friendship to duty, but courtesy for his possess life” during his use in a Ninth Air Force as a partial of the 513th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) and 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy).

Haley said reading a accounts on a behind of a imitation move behind memories for her.

She can remember listening radio reports during a war.

And, she is reminded of her possess use during a Korean War, when she worked in an oral medicine dialect in California.

As a veteran, Haley said, she feels it is generally critical to reunite a imitation with a family.

“I would feel that I’ve finished something worthwhile,” she said, “and, we guess, we would be anxious if somebody found something of cave like that, generally if it’s personal.”

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