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  •  Yes, he first trained in B-17s then transitioned (1+ / 0-)
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    to B-24s.  He flew many missions into Germany, some of them uncredited because he was a staff officer.  From all I can read, it was difficult to keep him out of airplanes--he lived to fly.  He did not go through a standard Army Air Corps flight training, because at the time he enlisted, he was a skilled pilot with several hundred hours of flight time.  He retired from the service as a Major General.  Here is a list of some of his decorations:

    Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
    Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster
    Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters
    Army Commendation Medal
    Armed Forces Reserve Medal
    Presidential Medal of Freedom
    French Croix de Guerre with Palm
    European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 Service Stars

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 09:53:50 PM PST

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    •  go back and look at his films, (1+ / 0-)
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      and recognize he was also a film star with genuine talent.

      The very opposite of such 'patriotic heroes' as Ronald Reagan.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 10:26:36 AM PST

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