Unpacking my suitcase after returning from a visit last week with my mom, I almost overlooked one of the gifts I brought home. Among the treasures was one item that might not seem like much of a gift — a little blue inventory sticker.
Most of what Lt. Cmdr. Stanley Olmstead’s children know about their father they’ve learned through stories. Dixie Olmstead George was 2 and her brother, Mickey Olmstead, was 5, when their father’s F-4 Phantom was gunned down by North Vietnamese artillery fire on Oct. 17, 1965.
They were little more than skeletons clad in rags, skin stretched over bone. The scars they bore told the story of some of Japan’s most brutal World War II prison camps: Formosa — or modern-day Taiwan.