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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Blinky, Feb 9, 2010.
Reading this it turns out I went to high school with his grandson. I'll be messaging him straight away. Very cool.
"We couldn't have hit that with a bombsight," he said.
All's well that ended well.
"Hey, get the Greek, he's been to armament school!!!"
Reminds me of the "Let's get Mikey commercial".
My Grampa (also 8th Air Force out of England, B-24s though) picked up a DFC for actions in 1945, in 1998, I was stationed at Vance Air Force base at the time. Talk about being proud of Grampa.
He still will not swim or fly, reasoning that man does not have gills or feathers. I can't argue with him.. he's made it past 80, and I haven't..
Good for him! It's gotta feel crazy as hell, swinging an axe at an armed bomb (or anywhere near it, rather). What a story.
Boy my schoolin' must be getting fuzzy.
He does this...saves the lives of a plane full of men and it takes 60 years to get recognized.
I can win the Nobel Peace prize in 9 months for doing nothing...
I loved that line.
It's kind of scary for those guys that the arming wire was off before the bomb cleared the bay. However, it takes several seconds at least for the safety to spin off. Just that one happened to drop far enough to pull the arming wire out, and the wind did the rest.
To have the courage to stand there swinging an axe at a "hot" piece of ordnance. They maybe could have considered him for a higher decoration. He definitely deserved AT LEAST the Silver Star.
Yeah. No one that week realized he saved a well-trained crew, and a critical military aircraft?
Three decorations that were extant at the time of his service are above the Silver Star:
http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Awards/DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL1.htm
He received the fourth highest decoration he could. Just I think his actions might have been deserving of any of the four decorations. Just saying.