My uncle passed away back in the early 1980's while I was at college. He died at the horse races; they believed he had a winning ticket and died of a heart attack. He was the uncle I knew best and I liked him. During my childhood he was a crusty individual, but always had a kind word for me. He was good with money as he came from a poor family in West Texas and was forced to leave home in his teens to make food room for the other children in the home. He joined the Texas National Guard and was a cavalryman before te war started. He eventually ended up in pilot training. He was certainly wealthy later in life as he garnered a college degree and saved and invested his money wisely. We used to stay at his ranch in the Weatherford Texas area at least once a year. I knew he had served in WWII, but would not talk about it as many vets are wont to do. He told my father he was "scared as hell all the time" and that was it. I found out later that he was a fighter-bomber pilot on the P-40 Warhawks and the Thunderbolt late in the war. I was able to find this information about him a few years back. It contains information concerning his lone confirmed kill who oddly turned out to be a German of note. There were two others on the kill/plane as well. Sobering, but interesting I think. Here is the page.