Norwood, Rice share experiences in Pacific, Europe
Two veterans from Lubbock saw World War II from vastly different vantage points.
Jack Norwood, a Marine on the ground in the Pacific sector, and Olan Rice, a gunner aboard an Army Air Corps B-17 bomber based half a world away in Italy, were nevertheless fighting for the same country in the same war.
Norwood was born in Lubbock and remembers he was 17 when he enlisted in the Marine Corps and figuratively fought his first battle at home.
“My mother just liked to have not signed — it took me two days to talk her into it.”