1LT. LORENZO J. "Jim" DALEO, USAF.
Maybe next time Obama gets to Beijing, someone can sneak in Jim Daleo's song written to the tune of "The Wreck of the Old 97." Jim completed 86 combat missions in Korea, flying P-51 Mustangs and F-86's. A flight leader in the 509th Fighter Bomber Squadron, he was killed in the crash of an F-86F while on landing approach at Langley AFB, VA., 7 September 1954.
It's a long, long road from Pusan to Pyong-yang
And the mountains are high and wide
If my engine quits, you can write off a Mustang
Cause I'm fixing to go over the side!
Col. McBride led his boys on a mission
and the Chinks started throwing up flak
He said, "Gun 'em up, boys, and we'll clean out our engines,
And the drinks are on the last one to get back."
Close support is a damn fine sortie
Cause you work so close to the troops
You get hit twelve times by a 20 or a HE
And your engine coughs and sputters and poops
So you hit the silk and you land in a meadow
And the Chinks start blazing away
And a 'copter comes along and picks up your elbow
Registration boys will find the rest some day.
It's a damn fine war and I love every mission
And I guess I'm Here to stay
But I'd rather shag a broad by suggestive coition
Or catch the clap in old Santa Fe.