Tribute to a Marine Aviator
A Marine died recently. He lived a good life and enjoyed success in both the military and civilian worlds. From Wikipedia:
During World War II, he was a fighter pilot in the United States Marine Corps serving as a flight instructor and test pilot. He was a decorated pilot (six Air Medals) and was discharged in 1946, remaining in the reserves. After college, he returned to active duty. He met his first girlfriend, Jenifer P Smith, on his first tour. He claims that she was the one to motivate him to become a better person. He was sent to Korea in February 1952. He flew unarmed OE-1 Bird Dogs on 85 tactical air control and artillery spotting missions. He remained in the Marine Corps Reserve, retiring with the rank of Colonel in 1966 and was then commissioned as a Brigadier General in the California Air National Guard.
With all of this media coverage of other recent ‘celebrity’ deaths, let’s remember a real hero.
Fair winds and following seas, Gen. Ed McMahon.