WWII VETERAN-IN MY MB

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WWII VETERAN-IN MY MB

Post by Ben Dover » Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:56 pm

WWII Veteran in my 44 MB. He shot down 11.5 German Aircraft including jets. I waited 45 Years to meet Brigadier General Charles Yeager a true American Hero.
This was taken August 11, 1996, at the Bangor ANG Base, formerly Dow Field and Dow Air Force Base.
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Post by Ben Dover » Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:34 am

Peter Marini, Enlisted Pilot, flew O-47, B-18 and L-5 Aircraft on Submarine Patrol; from the Gulf of Mexico to Florida in the 6th AF. He had his Commercial Pilots rating, GI flight School was waivered. He patrolled from early 1942 thru 1945 and spotted a few German Subs. Peter was in his 90's and the Chaplain in my Legion Post. Peter needed a little help walking but was like a "Jack in the Box" whenever the 195th Army Band played "Wild Blue Yonder" at a ceremony.

My dog Fluffy, she made every parade and loved riding in the CCKW, this was her last Veteran's Day Parade, she passed away 4 months later.
Peter was my last guest of honor, he had one more parade to go before he took off on his final flight. It is rough losing a veteran.
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Post by Ben Dover » Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:26 pm

I also have had the honor of providing a Jeep for one of the first female Generals in the US Army, BG Millie Hedberg. I met her 15 years ago when she contacted me to sell her 1951 CJ-3A. She was the Parade Marshall the following year in the 1997 Veterans Day Parade in my hometown. Am trying to find the photos. She requested my M-38A1 (without canvas).
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Post by tapeandgauze » Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:12 pm

GREAT STORY!

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Post by Halsey » Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:14 pm

That is very cool!

We owe them so much.

Thanks for sharing.


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Post by Ben Dover » Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:14 pm

I made a mistake when I prepared the MB for General Yeager. the Stars displayed for USAF General Officers are a different color than those displayed for US Army General Officers. I used silver instead of white. The General was still pleased.
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Post by Ben Dover » Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:30 am

August 11, 1996 was a memorable day, I got to meet General Yeager and spend a few hours with him at an airshow at the former Dow Field.
19 years ago seems like yesterday. Time has stood still.
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Post by Ben Dover » Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:16 am

Something else that has withstood the test of time are the memories of my family and neighbors returning home from war, the trim and fit soldiers exiting a cab in front of their house, the airmen with their Overseas Cap, sunglasses and B-4 Bags walking up my sidewalk looking at street numbers, and my uncle Joe the Army Ranger, a dead ringer for Charles Atlas, my neighbor Calvin Knaide neat and fit in his Warrant Offices uniform and weighing 180 lbs but soon to push 275# as the fattest cop on our police force for the next 25 years. Uncle Joe was soon to give me my first Jeep ride in a new 1945 Pasture Green Jeep that came to our dealership a few weeks later.
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Post by Ben Dover » Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:03 pm

The clock is ticking, Chuck Yeager celebrated his 93rd birthday a few days ago.
I'm forever trying to remember names of local WWII veterans that I saw wearing their uniforms home from WWII. The uniforms still exist, many of the Veterans do not. Kind of sad to not know of any more friends or relatives. What is more sad is to read the obituaries of locals that I have known all my life and realize for the first time that they were a B-29 Pilot (Rooster Wagon,) B-24 Gunner, B-17 Gunner, Infantry Scout, Corsair Pilot, Aviation Machinist Mate on Corsairs, Seaman on Cruiser Los Angeles, C-47 Hump Pilot, 8th AF Weather observer, High School Guidance Director, Marine Veteran of Iwo Jima etc.. I only wish that I had asked a few questions over the years which may or may not have done any good as many were silent heroes who shunned glory.
Let's see what the coming Memorial Day Parade brings.
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Re: WWII VETERAN-IN MY MB

Post by Ben Dover » Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:10 am

Ben Dover wrote:WWII Veteran in my 44 MB. He shot down 11.5 German Aircraft including jets. I waited 45 Years to meet Brigadier General Charles Yeager a true American Hero.
This was taken August 11, 1996, at the Bangor ANG Base, formerly Dow Field and Dow Air Force Base.
AUGUST 11, 1996 - AUGUST 11, 2016, 20 years went by quick. It is still like it happened just yesterday.
Sure wish I could do this experience over again.
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