Saturday, June 20, 2009

C-47 pilot honored 57 years later.

C-47 Pilot — Korea vet honored 57 years later

Mechanicsburg, PA man gets distinguished Flying Cross.

By Joseph Cress, Sentinel Reporter,

Grady Miller made it a personal policy never to count the bullet holes in his aircraft on returning to base.
“I was in the habit of forgetting every mission,” the Mechanicsburg man said Tuesday. “You tried to dispense it from your mind. Otherwise, you would go crazy.”
But the memories flowed back for the 81-year-old retired captain who received a Distinguished Flying Cross — second only to the Medal of Honor as the highest award for bravery bestowed on Air Force personnel.
Friends, family and current military came together at the LeTort View Community Center to honor the Korean War veteran who survived 144 combat missions.
Col. Rod Zastrow, senior Air Force service representative, presented the award to Miller who flew C-47 transport planes behind enemy lines in the face of intense enemy fire.

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