It is estimated that 1.9 billion from all countries served in World War II. Potentially all of them have a story to tell. Of that there can be no doubt; but if they have the ability to write about it – well that’s another story.
Colonel Brim’s book falls into the category of – great story: not so great writing. But then Col. Brimm does not profess to be a writer. However, he may not be a writer, but he is a hero and we can thank God for him and the many like him who served and deserve our eternal gratitude.
Pathfinder Pioneer is not a literary work, it is a diary of events, and as such it holds attention only when the subject matter has particular interest for the reader. It is not the writing that creates interest. The book describes Col. Brim’s life from early childhood to going to war as a B-17 pilot and later his career in the USAF culminating in his retirement after 33 year’s service.
This book could and should have been riveting. It doesn’t do justice to Col. Brim or the other American’s who served. He does describe completing the 25 missions required, most of them as a Pathfinder. This meant he lead the rest towards the target and dropped bombs first. Do many of us realize just what that meant? He and his crew were first in, when the enemy was ready and waiting – guns on the ground and fighters in the air. And we are not talking about rag-heads in the back of a pick-up truck. We referring to arguably one of the finest fighting forces ever assembled.
He describes every one of the 25 missions in such pedestrian terms that we could be forgiven for thinking, “8th Airforce WWII, what’s the big deal?” And we all know it was a ‘Big Deal’ a very big deal.
Col. Brim will be 93 in October 2016. We should all buy his book. It’s a small book and well worth reading. But if that is not sufficient reason, then buy it as a token of your gratitude to him and the many of Americans like him many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.