BENEFITING: Wish of a Lifetime
Don C. is an 89-year-old gentleman living in Denver, CO who has always had a love of learning. Throughout his life he has particularly enjoyed seeing the military and aeronautic museums of the US and always made a point to stop in to see the local museums when he traveled with his wife. Don has been a longtime supporter of two museums in particular, the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Pooler, Georgia and the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. Don has never visited either of these two museums and now his Wish of a Lifetime is to finally experience them in person.
The Eighth Air Force was activated in 1942 in Savannah, Georgia before being re-based in England where it began aerial bombardment missions on Nazi-Occupied Europe. Don was a member of the Mighty Eighth during the latter part of WWII. As a Second Lieutenant Aircraft Commander he was the first pilot in command of an 11 man B-24 bomber crew. His crew flew one of the first practice missions over Europe and then were trained and scheduled to fly in an attack on Japan. Fortunately, the war ended before that battle ever took place and Don was placed in charge of flying his crew’s B-24 back to the US. After being discharged from the army, Don took advantage of the GI bill and returned to Penn State University to complete his degree in civil engineering.
Don not only served his country for more than 2 years during the height of WWII but he has always been involved with his community on a more local level as well. When he was younger, Don did a good deal of community service and charity work organized by his church. More recently he has served for several years as the President and Vice President of the Resident Council at Harvard Square which is a group that intercedes between the residents of the community and the management on topics such as food, activities, problems, and so on. Don was also a dedicated family man, raising 4 children with his late wife, and is now the proud patriarch to 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
In commemoration of Don’s service Wish of a Lifetime will be sending him down south to visit the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force and the National World War II Museum. With the support of the museums’ staff and others we expect that this will be a great trip and dream come true for Don.
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