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11-07-10, 06:13 PM #1
Witnesses, survivors rally to recognize WWII pilot's heroic act
Saugus, Massachusetts (CNN) -- The image is still vivid after 65 years. Bob Attubato and his fellow sixth-grade classmates rushed to the window just in time to see a crippled twin-engine bomber trailing smoke and flames over their school.
"Suddenly, we heard this unearthly sound coming over the school," Attubato recalled. "It just reverberated through the building."
As the class stood there and watched, the plane's wing and engine broke off and it disappeared from view. A loud explosion followed.
Attubato later learned that the pilot, Army Air Force Maj. Doak Weston stayed with the B-25 until it crashed on a nearby golf course, giving his five-man crew time to bail out and missing nearby homes.
The event faded with time, but Attubato never forgot that day. He and others campaigned to honor the heroic pilot.
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11-07-10, 06:55 PM #2
Everyday, too many of the WWII heroes leave us. I make it a point to thank everyone I see wearing a veteran's hat. You wouldn't believe some of the wonderful people I've talked to as a result. I've met everyone from an original member of "Merrill's Marauders," to a B-17 crew member. Take the time to thank them. It's well worth the effort.For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.
11-07-10, 07:11 PM #3
Rest in honored peace , Major Weston.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
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