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A Tribute to H. Allen Larsen of the World War II Flying Tigers in China (Show #66 April 4, 2020)

One of my first guests in 2016 when both my broadcast career began and the Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim Show started on Radio 1490 WGCH died on March 11, 2020. 

During World War II, H. Allen Larsen joined the United States Air Force, and was dispatched to served under the command of Gen. Claire Lee Chenault with the legendary Flying Tigers. Allen and I met quite by coincidence in Beijing when he, and I and many others attended the 70th Year Commemoration of the end of the Second World War in Beijing in September, 2015. He was a delightful as they come from the "Greatest Generation," and while in Beijing we chatted about a time when the world was in turmoil and in need of heroes. He was one of them. 

On the Saturday, April 4, 2020 broadcast of Asia Today with Jeffrey Bingham Mead we’re featuring a special encore of the conversation I had with H. Allen Larsen on February 27, 2016. 

To meet H. Allen Larsen and others of the Flying Tigers left a permanent impression on me as did my journey to a place where my own father served as one of the U.S. China Marines. It turns out that after the war my late-father and Allen knew each other. Allen moved to the Cos Cob section of Greenwich, living in a 19th century home built by ancestors of mine, and who walked from there to the Cos Cob Train Station to commute to New York City. What a small world!

H. Allen Larsen and William L. Dibble co-authored a remarkable book, China in the Eyes of Flying Tigers 1944-1945 (Available on Amazon). While in Beijing he handed me a copy of this book over lunch in the Grand Hyatt Hotel Beijing. 

His daughter Leslie Gottert wrote of her father, "My father was a considerate, engaged person, who loved his family, his community, his country, and the world. He never forgot his family, friends and colleagues, keeping up an extensive correspondence via post and email throughout his life. He shared photos, clippings and keepsakes that reminded everyone who knew him that he was thinking of them on a regular basis. I miss him and his steady contact. Thinking of you always, Dad! With great appreciation for Margaret for the loving care and attention that she provided so selflessly. With warmest love, Leslie." 


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