Posted by Oldtimer on June 06, 20 at 17:30:58:
In Reply to: June 6th posted by Big Ron on June 06, 20 at 08:03:04:
Great post BR and wonderful responses. I had several WW11 vets in our firm. About three years ago, I arranged a luncheon for them. I just sat and listened...one of my best days ever. When they started to wear out I asked the last question of how did they get home when the war ended. They in unison blurted out by box car. One said that the first time he saw Phoenix was when the train trundled through and he sat and watched with his feet dangling out of the box car.
If you ever drive by the Show Low airport you will see the road named "David A Foil". He was one of the guys and he got a Silver Star for stratling a bomb that would not dislodge. He climbed down with the bomb bay doors open in 20o temp and unscrewed the arming device. The pilot was still alive then and said that they were going to have to ditch the plane while bailing out.
David's son Mike, pieced together some of what he heard over the years and told the story. Simply remarkable people from a generation that saw the Depression era, Pearl Harbor and other horrific events and humbly served and saved our nation.
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