Skip to comments.'Candy Bomber' to speak at schools on Veterans Day
Posted on 11/08/2010 9:29:32 AM PST by fungoking
'Candy Bomber' to speak at schools on Veterans Day LDR staff firstname.lastname@example.org Nov 5, 2010 Col. Gail Halvorsen garnered worldwide fame in 1948 for bombing Berlin, but he wasnt dropping explosive devices.
He was dropping candy.
Halvorsen, known around the world as the Candy Bomber, will be the guest speaker at the Veterans Day assembly, Nov. 11, at the Lebanon Junior and Senior high schools. The junior high assembly will be at 9:30 a.m. at the LJHS field house, and the high school assembly will be at 1:45 p.m. in the Boswell Auditorium.
Halvorsen was a pilot during World War II and the Berlin Airlift at the beginning of the Cold War. In 1948, Halvorsen flew during the Berlin Blockade. Soviet Union forces blocked Allied forces from getting food and supplies into Allied-controlled parts of Berlin.
During the operation, also known as Operation Vittles, Halvorsen decided to drop candy attached to little parachutes to the German children. Halvorsens commanding officer approved the idea and expanded it to Operation Little Vittles.
Through the course of the operation, more than 23 tons of candy were dropped in Berlin by a fleet of 25 airplanes.
Now at 90 years old, Halvorsen travels the country to talk about his experiences.
His visit to Lebanon was made possible by donations from Friends of the Fort, but more donations are still needed and welcome.
Those wishing to attend one of the assemblies need to RSVP by either emailing Kate Sutter at email@example.com, calling the high school at 532-9144, by emailing Principal Craig Reeves at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the junior high at 532-9121.
Teaching the Berlin airlift, amazing how this generation doesn't know about the Evil Empire.
to libtards WE are the evil empire....
I’ve told my kids this story and showed them the pictures. They think it’s the coolest thing. They’d love if Mr. Halvorsen could come to their school.
Col. Halvorson and the other Berlin Airlift air crews share a lot of credit for helping turn the hearts and minds of the German people. It was awfully difficult for fathers with hungry children who had virtually nothing, to carry on guerrilla warfare against the very people who were feeding their families and even providing the children with a little happiness.
I’m thinking this particular high school is not anywhere near Beirut, but it would be helpful if the poster identified the state in which it’s located.
American soldiers have always had a soft spot for children.
My Father was among the first American troops sent into Berlin after the Russians captured it. I have seen several pictures of Fritz and Ingrid, two German kids that Daddy fed. He would go through the chow line once for himself and again for the kids.
Daddy was not an exception, a lot of the soldiers were doing the same thing. At first he would make them eat the food there knowing they would take it to their parents. Finally he relented and let them take it home.
In return they would wash his mess kit. The kids are as cute as any you have ever seen. The little girl taught him to speak German. She spoke good English.
Thanks for the clarification...there’s also a Lebanon, Ohio, so this is helpful.
I'm in full agreement with your first statement. But was there any German guerilla warfare against US troops in 1948 (any significant time after May 1945, for that matter)? I've never heard that before. Please tell more.
Thanks. I’ve heard of the Werwolfs, of course (didn’t last long beyond May ‘45, as your quote confirms), but I don’t think it’s fitting to connect that to the ‘Candy Bombers’ - the last thing the parents of the kids mentioned in the article had in mind by then was assassinating Americans. The hearts and minds were pretty much won over by then.