Based in Washington, Ross is a general manager of a food safety company. His musings explore life, work and every moment in between.

Eno Compton Jr.

Pilot and 2nd Lieutenant Eno Compton Jr. woke up February 9th, 1944 not knowing it was to be his last day alive. Successfully flying his B-17 “Hard to Get” against the Germans over the preceding months had earned his crew several awards. During routine form up for a bombing mission to Frankfurt, the aircraft developed a fire in the cockpit that led to a crash landing on Morley Hall Farm outside of Norfolk, England. None of the ten crew members aboard survived.
 
On May 22nd, 1944, three and a half months later, Eno Compton III was born in New York. Eno was raised by his mother Georgette before heading off to boarding school at age nine. During his time at boarding school he made friends with a faculty member's children and would later accompany them to their ranch in Colorado, “Vagabond.” Eno drifted off after school, becoming a pilot and “flying tourists to the Bahamas for enough money for gas and to keep myself in hamburgers for the week” before he settled down to become a computer engineer/programmer. Eno Compton III is my father-in-law.
 
I tell you this story because today, on his 72nd birthday, Eno flew to England to go see his father’s grave for the first – and most likely only – time. He is buried at the American Cemetery outside of Cambridge, England in Plot A, Row 3, Grave 7. I can only imagine the emotions of his journey.
 
Memorial Day is next weekend. Please keep in mind the veterans of our country, their loved ones and the sacrifices they have made, for their stories which echo into the future leave deep impressions in many directions that are felt for lifetimes.

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