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Honoring Operation Senior Surprise

Bombers make history: ‘Secret Squirrel’ members recount mission, presented air medals By Senior Airman Luke Hill, 8th Air Force Public Affairs SAVANNAH, Ga. — It was dark and rainy when crews from the…

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Medal of Honor – Col. Leon Johnson

During World War II, Colonel Leon Johnson was one of the first four flying officers of the 8th Air Force, serving as assistant chief of staff for operations during the unit’s formative…

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Medal of Honor – 2nd Lt. Lloyd Hughes

Lloyd “Pete” Hughes attended high school at Refugio, Texas, graduated from Corpus Christi Junior College, and went to Texas A&M prior to enlisting as an aviation cadet at San Antonio, January 28,…

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Medal of Honor – Maj. John L. Jerstad

Major John L. “Jack” Jerstad could have just gone home to Racine, Wisconsin and nobody would have faulted him. After all, he’d already earned rapid promotion in the U.S. Army Air Corps,…

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