October 27, 2013
Military service: Was living in the Bronx, N.Y. when he entered the Army Air Corps at 19. Was a sergeant and worked in tower control operations.
Most memorable wartime experience:
I was the control tower operator for Iwo Jima. Planes had to make emergency landings with one plane-- the "Dinah Might," named after the pilot's wife -- being the first to come in. It had two of its four our engines out, a wing shot off.
Initial reaction to the World War II Memorial:
Three words that describe your Honor Flight visit:
Specular, fantastic, great
Favorite part of your Honor Flight trip?
1) Mail call on the plane [veterans receive thank you letters from families, friends and school children on the return flight]; and 2) the homecoming celebration with [hundreds] of 2,000 people who came out.
Why do you consider WWII an important part of our nation's history, or what lessons did it teach our country?
So important, because who knows what we would have and who we would be as a nation had we not been successful.
How did your service shape the person you are today?
It made me very proud.