He has had a long and productive life of service to the Lord, service to his family, and service to his country. He spent a number of years as a pastor, and he is a retired employee of the State of California Department of Corrections. During World War II, he flew thirty-three bombing missions over Germany as a B-17 navigator. On his last mission, he was shot down and spent nine months as a prisoner of war before being liberated by General Patton’s Third Army. Accounts of some of his experiences may be found here, here, and here.
My dad is a real American hero, and he is one of my heroes. Our World War II heroes are dying off very quickly. Soon there will be none left. The members of "the greatest generation" have a legacy of self-sacrifice and service second to none, and they need to be remembered. I am very proud of my dad's service to our country.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad.