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fxramper
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Happy Armed Forces Day (story And Pic).

Sat May 16, 2009 7:02 pm




Happy Armed Forces Day
to all Anet Veterans.



May 16, 1944, Captain Tom. W. Overton was shot down in the South Pacific Ocean on his 38th combat mission. He was strafing a beach in his Douglas A-20 Havoc and took heavy ground fire. He either was going right and crash land in the jungle or left and crash land in the ocean. The jungle killed most the pilots that took that option, so he opted for a water landing. The crash broke his 5 point harness and he went forward cutting his right eye and swelling it shut. He dove down in 30 feet of water and rescued his gunner that was shot and in shock. Later, my grandfather received a Silver Star for the rescue. It took 4 hours for a Navy PBY to pick them up.

I appreciate everyone that served in the military and thought I'd share this information on Armed Forces Day.

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oldman55
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RE: Happy Armed Forces Day (story And Pic).

Sat May 16, 2009 10:12 pm



Quoting FXramper (Thread starter):
I appreciate everyone that served in the military and thought I'd share this information on Armed Forces Day.

Very good post Drew, Its so easy these days to forget the real sacrifices of all the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces. Without all the resolve and heroism shown by your Grandfathers( and my Fathers) generation It s doubtful if we would even be a country today. Many thanks to all of them and their ancestors to help make us the freest; if not totally free people on Earth.  Smile
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