From time to time, we’ll receive an email with an interesting connection to our past. In this case, the email came from a man wanting to share a story penned by Raymond Berry. Berry, or “Razz,” as he was known in the military, spent time with our former editor Raymond Carlson on the island of Luzon in the Philippines during World War II.
His name was Raymond Carlson. He was a mite older than the rest of us, being somewhere in his early thirties. In those days in that world, even age thirty was viewed as almost too old to handle the rugged life and pressures. Raymond was a rather quiet person who seemed to prefer to live in his own world. However, as we began to become acquainted, he opened up somewhat.
He and I were talking one day, and I asked the natural question, “What did you do before you were called in and sent over here?”
His eyes lit up. “Well, I had a wonderful life,” he said with a big smile. “I was the editor of the Arizona Highways magazine down in Phoenix. I always viewed my role in that job as making that publication the best in the West — or even the entire nation.”
The story is a fascinating account of both a battle in the Pacific theater and its aftermath, which happened to involve Carlson and Berry. On the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we hope you’ll take a moment to remember the sacrifices made that day and thereafter.
With the permission of Berry’s daughter, you can read his story, entitled Artillery with Kentucky Windage, as written, right here.