1/48 Monogram C-47
Built this kit several years ago and it was my first try at a multi-engine aircraft, after years of absence from this hobby. Built it to honor my dad who made 21 jumps from this type during the war. It’s no show stopper but he was proud to receive it. I got it back yesterday as he was buried with full military honors along with a bagpipe playing Amazing Grace, one of his wishes.
Dad served with HQ Company, 1st Bn, 501st PIR, 101st Airborne Division. His decorations include the Parachute Badge with two Bronze Stars, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart, European-Africa-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with two Arrowheads and four Battle Stars, American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal,Occupation Medal and Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster.
His foreign awards include the French Gold Liberty Medal, French Croix de Guerre with Palm, Belgian Croix de Guerre, Belgian Fourragere, and Netherlands Orange Lanyard.
In 2004 he along with 99 other D-Day vets were invited back to France to note the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. They were all made nights of the French Court and awarded the Legion of Honor. He was very humble about receiving that award as he never considered himself a hero. He often told people who called him one that the real hero’s ” were the boys we left behind. They got a cross over their heads, I got to come home. I’ll remember them as long as I live.”
Dad saved a bottle of Eagle Rare 101 bourbon so we could drink a toast to him at his grave. We five sons, family as well as vets raised a toast and bid him farewell. He may not have considered himself a hero but he was to me. We were very lucky to have him as a father.
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