BLACK THURSDAY 10/14/1943
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From Penny Eisenhart, wife of 303rd BG Col Bill Eisenhart:
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
On Friday, March 11, 2016, at 2:00 P.M., COL William "Bill" Eisenhart, will be awarded the Legion of Honor in the State Capital Rotunda, in Columbia, SC. This prestigious award presentation will be made by the CONSULATE GENERAL OF FRANCE.
COL Eisenhart is a retired Air Force WWII bomber pilot, who helped liberate France by bombing German strongholds, and flew over Normandy on D-Day, helping the Allies to win the war.
Bill Eisenhart enlisted in the army-air corps in 1943, when he was 23 years old. Initially he was training to be an aircraft mechanic. But pilots were in short supply; he was asked to test for pilot training, which he did, and passed with flying colors. The next 34 years of his career were remarkable in many ways. He served in Intelligence during the Korean War. He flew non-stop 24 hour missions during the Cuba missile crisis and at age 54, served in Vietnam, stationed in U-Tapao, Thailand. He retired as Base Commander at the Rhein Maine base in Germany in 1977. He chose the St. Petersburg, Florida area for his retirement home and stayed very busy fishing, golfing and enjoying life.
Bill was married for 62 years to Mary Shore. They have four children; and 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mary passed in 2006. Bill remarried in 2007 to his current wife, Penny Gahr. They reside in Sun City, Hilton Head, SC.
The Colonel celebrated his 96th birthday this past January 25th.
COL Eisenhart is a true American hero. And there aren't too many of them left.
Posted by Sue Moyer on February 26, 2015 at 3:01pm
Hi Sue, Robert, Patti and all!A/C 42-30135 crashlanded not in France between Rheims and Sedan and not according to other sources between Mainz and Wuerzburg and also definitively not in the target area around Schweinfurt, but elsewhere in Germany on the return flight, there's no doubt.Tail gunner Fred Nunnold was no Evader, but a POW as the entire crew of ten. He was exchanged in September 1944 due to severity of the wounds and returned to the United States after spending 11 months in POW…Continue
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