Jack Nadel served the United States of America during WWII, a time of great conflict, in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946, before being honorably discharged as Captain, U.S. Army Air Force, having flown 27 missions in a B-29 Bomber over Japan. Nadel was a combat navigator and radar bombardier, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. He and his fellow flight crew members also received the Presidential Unit Citation, a top award for the Air Force.
“I have no idea why I survived combat against such overwhelming odds. I do know, though, that the situation was made tolerable by having a positive outlook. The power of the mind was never more succinctly proven in my life, because even under those adverse conditions, there were many laughs and good feelings shared by our crew. My natural inclination was to look on the bright side, even though the other side was a disaster. It was then that I learned to hope for the best and be prepared for the worst, a lesson that continued to serve me throughout my career.” ~ Jack Nadel