I have always wondered about the young men mother met while in Hawaii. Obviously this is just a few months shy of the attack on Pearl Harbor…what was to be the fate of these young men? I’ve tried researching some of the names but, with one exception, have not had much success. But Coon Dog…Cecil Connor…came up big time in google. I’ll let Wikipedia tell it:
from the Wikipedia entry on Gram Parsons:
Parsons was born Ingram Cecil Connor III on November 5, 1946, in Winter Haven, Florida, to Ingram Cecil (“Coon Dog”) and Avis (née Snively) Connor. The Connors normally resided at their main residence in Waycross, Georgia, but Avis traveled to her hometown in Florida to give birth. She was the daughter of citrus fruit magnate John A. Snively, who held extensive properties both in Winter Haven and in Waycross; Parsons’ father was a famous World War II flying ace, decorated with the Air Medal, who was present at the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Biographer David Meyer characterized Coon Dog and Avis as loving parents: he writes in Twenty Thousand Roads that they are “remembered as affectionate parents and a loving couple”. He also notes, however, that “unhappiness was eating away at the Connor family”: Avis suffered from depression, and both parents were alcoholics. Coon Dog committed suicide two days before Christmas Day, 1958, devastating the young Gram and the rest of the Connor family. Avis subsequently married Robert Parsons, whose surname was adopted by Ingram (henceforth he would be known as Gram Parsons). Gram attended the prestigious Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. For a time, the family found a stability of sorts. They were soon torn apart in early 1965, when Robert became embroiled in an extramarital affair and Avis’ heavy drinking led to her death from cirrhosis on July 5, 1965, the day of Gram’s graduation from Bolles.
And this, from an excerpt of the book Twenty Thousand Roads, a biography of Gram Parsons by David Meyer…(from the NY Times)
Cecil remained at Kelly Field until March 1941, when he transferred to Wheeler Field near Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. There Cecil Connor did not live like an ordinary officer. His life aligned more closely with the languidly structured peacetime pleasure dome depicted in From Here to Eternity. Cecil rented a house on Diamond Head and acquired another red convertible. In addition to being tall, handsome, socially adept, and well-to-do, Cecil was also a pilot, which at the time was among the coolest, most badass identities a man could earn. He lived in the most beautiful place in the world and he tore around that paradise in a new red convertible. Cecil Connor did not live like an Army Air Corps second lieutenant — he lived like a rock star.