The Author – John R. Hubbard, Lt. Commander, United States Navy Reserve, PhD, MA, BA
John Randolph Hubbard, better known as Jack, was a naval aviator during World War II. His life after the war as an educator. In 1950 he received a PhD in History from the University of Texas. He then taught at Louisiana State University, Tulane, and Yale. Moving into administration, he became Dean of Sophie Newcomb College in New Orleans in 1953. He held that post for twelve years before joining the U. S. State Department going to India for four years with the Education Division of the Department’s Agency for International Development. In 1969 Jack accepted a position at the University of Southern California (USC) as Vice President for Academic Affairs, and he spent the decade of the 1970s as President of that institution before retiring in 1980. When he retired as President of USC, he did not retire as a history professor. He continued teaching British History at USC until he was 91 years old taking a one (1) year sabbatical to serve as U.S. Ambassador to India from December 1988 – November 1989. John R. “Jack” Hubbard passed away on August 21, 2011.
As a naval aviator from 1941 – 1946, Hubbard served first in the Atlantic and then in the Pacific where he was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross and three Bronze Stars. In the air 100 miles off the coast of Japan when the atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima, he witnessed the event and felt the reverberations of the air turbulence while flying search and rescue in support of the crew of the Enola Gay.
After the war, he continued his service as a naval aviator in the Naval Reserves from 1946 – 1956. In the fall of 1948, Hubbard spent his two weeks of active duty flying in the Berlin Air Lift – the largest humanitarian aid mission the world had ever seen and the first major battle of the Cold War.
Jack Hubbard’s memoirs of the War Years open in 1939 in Washington, D. C. where he is employed as private secretary to Walter Splawn, Director of the Interstate Commerce Commission. Through the influence and generosity of Splawn, Jack has an available front row seat to most of the important events of that time period. As a result, the rumblings of war ring loudly in his ears, and he responds by enlisting in the U. S. Naval Air Corps in 1940, a year and a half before Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.
As a historian, Jack Hubbard understood the importance of incorporating personalities, activities, and interpersonal relationships into his story for it is only through this integration that the audience can begin to grasp the enormity of the world stage on which his story is played out, where the dichotomy of the invincible champion of freedom and the mantra that there may be no tomorrow belie the caliber of men with whom Jack served. Besides telling a gripping story that makes for fascinating reading, his memoirs also provide a helpful understanding of the times and events beyond that found in most history books.
The Editors –
The contents of this book were written by John R. “Jack” Hubbard on a manual typewriter as he sailed around the world on a freighter in the 1990’s. In the twilight of his life, Jack handed his rough manuscript to his brother, George, with the request that it be edited and published under George’s direction. Every effort has been made to check names, titles, dates, events, and locations as recorded by Jack for accuracy in order to avoid claims of incompleteness, inaccuracy, libel, etc. However, just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so too is truth in the eye of the observer for each observer may view the same incident from a different position or line of sight.
Elizabeth A. Hubbard, MBA, BA
Elizabeth Hubbard is one of George Hubbard’s daughters. The majority of Elizabeth’s career has been in the research and development of new technology-based products, most recently in the field of technology-based education. She co-founded Synaptic Gaming & Simulation, LLC to teach life, professional, and academic skills through gaming and simulations. Elizabeth is the owner of Punaluu Data, LLC whose mission is to provide research, writing, consulting, and training assistance. She has developed seminars/workshops utilizing gaming and simulations for public and private enterprises including Texas Workforce Solutions, State of Texas Department of Rehabilitative Services, The University of Texas at Dallas, and Utah Valley University. She also serves as Executive Director of 1 $ Wiser Consumer Education, Inc., a non-profit organization approved by The U.S. Department of Justice as a provider of budget and credit counseling and personal financial management education in which she incorporates gaming and simulations into the curriculum. Elizabeth has co-authored several journal articles on the use of gaming and simulations in the education of the Instant Media generation.
Elizabeth lives in Krum, Texas with her three-legged cat, Meowmow.
George U. Hubbard, PhD, MS2, BS
George Underwood Hubbard spent his life as an educator in the fields of computer science and mathematics. After completing his tour of duty in the United States Army during the Korean War, George taught Junior High School mathematics briefly before being recruited by corporate America at the dawn of the computer age. IBM lured him away from Lockheed, but after 32 years teaching and training both IBM employees and clients, he retired to focus on his true passions – historical writing and academia.
George continues to teach statistics at Texas Woman’s University, and is the author of numerous magazine and journal articles and the following books:
Computer-Assisted Data Base Design
IMS (DL/1) Data Base Organization and Performance
The Humor and Drama of Early Texas
Which End of A Buffalo Gets Up First?
The Last Man to Die by Creek Law
Images of America Krum
When the Saints Came Marching In
George and his wife of 63 years, Billie, live in Krum, Texas, where he is active in the Lion's Club and Krum Historical Society. They have 4 children, 15 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.