Greg Moore Arizona Republic Published 9:15 AM EDT Apr 14, 2019 Staff Sgt. Joe Campos would have been able to see it coming. He was about to die. It was June 28, 1950, the very start of the Korean War, and he was trapped in a monsoon, in a broken-down, old plane, screaming toward the Yellow Sea. If his life flashed before his eyes, he would have seen how he came to this moment. He would have seen friends and family saying goodbye as he packed up from an Arizona mining town and headed off to the service. Some waving. Some fighting back tears. That was before Korea. That was World War II. He would have seen German fighter planes attacking his formations above North Africa and Italy. The hot glow of tracer rounds. The smoke from explosions. The missions he somehow survived. He would have flashed to his sweetheart, waiting for him after years apart. Her embrace. Their newborn. And he would have remembered home. He would have seen the filthy, dangerous copper mines. The bare lightbulbs. The outhouses. The dirt floors. The sorts of things guys named Campos had to get used to. The sorts of things he would face death to escape. He would… Read full this story
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