Lt. Til­man “Tilly” Pool, USN

Air & Space Smithsonian - - In The Museum -

Af­ter serv­ing with the Navy for 11 years (five years of ac­tive duty and six in the re­serves), Pool left mil­i­tary life and started a print­ing busi­ness— first in Tulsa, Ok­la­homa, then in Hous­ton. But his mem­o­ries of the sec­ond world war are still fresh. “The Ja­panese had made great gains through­out the Pacific and we were try­ing to sur­vive,” says Pool. “We had no idea when you would run into en­emy planes or how many or any­thing else. Many of the sto­ries of what ac­tu­ally hap­pened out there—much of the good and an aw­ful lot of the bad—will never be told, and that’s the way it should be.”

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