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From MHQ editor William W. Horne’s “Letter From MHQ,” Autumn 2009:

“Cynthia Rush’s album…is extraordinary. It shows her uncle, Lt. John O. Rush, earning his wings at Pensacola Naval Air Station from 1936 to 1941, and it appears that he did so with a sketchbook, a box camera, and a wry wit. Even as clouds of war gathered over Europe, Rush and his fellow cadets were learning to shoot and fly and salute, and whether in the cockpit, the hangar, or on the tarmac, he managed to capture tantalizing glimpses of the military and family history that so many of us have been denied.”

See more photos and read Cynthia Rush’s commemorative article, “Before the Storm,” in MHQ’s Autumn 2009 issue.