Pappy had the remarkable ability to take an eclectic band of over enthusiastic misfit youngsters and turn them into an effective battle unit. Mentor to both pilot and gunner, his quiet demeanor and calm, determined response to threat, instilled a measured resolve within those fortunate to have been under his watchful eye.
I am certain that his spirit guided me then, and I got to come home.
Somewhere, one less eagle calls for freedom on this side.
Rest in peace, walk with a tall shadow in a gentle light, warrior.
We will remember your name.