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Douglas Byrd Van Buskirk (1919 - 1941)

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Douglas Byrd Van Buskirk
1919 - 1941
Born
c. 1919
Death
November 8, 1941
Germany
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Douglas Byrd Van Buskirk was born c. 1919. He is the child of Harold Van Buskirk. He died on November 8, 1941 in Germany at 22 years of age.
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An American citizen who joined the Royal Canadian Air Force before the United States entered World War II. He held the rank of Flying Officer. According to a newspaper clipping attached to his Find-A-Grave memorial (56038969), Pilot Officer Van Buskirk was reported "missing after an operational flight over enemy territory on Nov. 7."
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Douglas Byrd Van Buskirk died on November 8, 1941 in Germany at age 22. He was buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany. Douglas was born c. 1919. He is the child of Harold Van Buskirk.
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In 1919, in the year that Douglas Byrd Van Buskirk was born, in January, Nebraska was the 36th state to ratify the 18th Amendment, making it the law of the land. The 18th Amendment established Prohibition - a law against the production, transport, and sale of alcohol. Private consumption and possession were not prohibited. Several months later, the Volstead Act was passed, creating laws to enforce the Amendment. Bootlegging and bathtub gin followed.

In 1923, Douglas was just 4 years old when on November 8th and 9th, Adolf Hitler and his followers (the early Nazi party) staged the "Beer Hall Putsch" in Munich in an attempt to take over Bavaria (a state in Germany). They failed. Hitler was charged with treason and convicted, receiving a sentence of 5 years. He served under 1 year in jail.

In 1925, when he was merely 6 years old, on November 28th, radio station WSM broadcast the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. Originally airing as “The WSM Barn Dance”, the Opry (a local term for "opera") was dedicated to honoring country music and in its history has featured the biggest stars and acts in country music.

In 1931, by the time he was merely 12 years old, on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

In 1941, in the year of Douglas Byrd Van Buskirk's passing, in his State of the Union address on January 6th, President Roosevelt detailed the "four freedoms" that everyone in the world should have: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. In the same speech, he outlined the benefits of democracy which he said were economic opportunity, employment, social security, and the promise of "adequate health care".

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