A tale of two warriors

One Arkansan fought for glory, the other against fascism

Posted: August 12, 2018 at 1 a.m.

Today, when blind nationalism, if not outright fascism, is again rearing its ugly head in America and much of the world, it is good to recall that two natives of Arkansas were volunteers in the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s -- a valiant but ultimately unsuccessful fight by the elected government against the fascist forces of Generalissimo Francisco Franco. Franco welcomed help from Hitler's resurgent German Luftwaffe -- which used the conveniently nearby conflict as a testing ground for its ever-expanding military machine. The fascist government of Italian leader Benito Mussolini also sent help to Franco.

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