Evansville native receives France’s highest military honor

Evansville native receives France’s highest military honor


3 JOE-THANKS FOR JOINING US TODAY.I’M JOE BIRD.THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE D-DAY INVASION IS BEING COMMEMORATED AROUND THE WORLD — INCLUDING ON THE EVANSVILLE RIVERFRONT. 3 JOE–JUST A COUPLE HOURS AGO — ON THE DECK OF THE LST 3-25 DIGNITARIES FROM HALF A DOZEN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES MADE THE TRIP TO EVANSVILLE THIS MORNING. 3 MAYOR LLOYD WINNECKE DETAILED THE BIG ROLE THE RIVER CITY PLAYED IN WORLD WAR TWO. PERHAPS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE EMOTIONAL CEREMONY WAS EVANSVILLE NATIVE DONALD COBB RECEIVING THE HIGHEST HONOR THE COUNTRY OF FRANCE CAN BESTOW.COBB RECEIVED THE LEGION OF HONOR FROM GUILLAME LECROIX — A CONSUL GENERAL FROM FRANCE.COBB SERVED IN THE NAVY AND HELPED LIBERATE THE COUNTRY FROM NAZI OCCUPATION. ALSO ABOARD THE SHIP THIS MORNING WAS ANNA MOSBY — WHOSE HUSBAND WAS ON THE LST 3-25 DURING THE D-DAY INVASION AND WAS ACTUALLY INJURED DURING THE BATTLE.(Anna Mosby)”My husband, Wight Mosby was on the ship in Normandy and he was hit. He was on one of the guns, the big guns, and he was hit with shrapnel really bad, but he made it back to Indiana and he was on the ship for three years before he came home.” 3 ABOVE THE HISTORIC SHIP — WAS AN EQUALLY IMPORTANT PART OF HISTORY IN THE SKY.WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN ALLEN SANDERSON WAS ABOARD A B-17 ALONGSIDE OUR BRAD BYRD.THE PLANE — REFERRED TO “THE FLYING FORTRESS” BY MANY HAS BEEN IN EVANSVILLE FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS IN HONOR OF THE D-DAY ANNIVERSARY.SANDERSON FLEW A P-47 BUILT IN EVANSVILLE DURING WORLD WAR TWO.BRAD WILL HAVE THE STORY OF MR. SANDERSON AND HIS MOST RECENT FLIGHT TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX. 3 3 JOE–ANOTHER WORLD WAR TWO WAR MACHINE IS IN EVANSVILLE THIS WEEK FOR D-DAY OBSERVANCES.THIS BOEING B-17 BOMBER ARRIVED MONDAY — AND WILL TOOK ITS FINAL FLIGHT OUT EARLIER THIS MORNING. THE BOMBER — OFTEN CALLED A “FLYING FORTRESS” PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN EUROPE AND THE PACIFIC DURING THE WAR. WHILE HERE–THE PLANE HAS BEEN AVAILABLE FOR BOTH TOURS—AND PERSONAL FLIGHTS.SOME WHO BOOKED A RIDE — OR TURNED OUT TO WATCH THE BOMBER TAKE OFF SAY THEY WANTED TO CONNECT WITH THOSE WHO FLEW THE PLANES. 3 (KATRINKA RYNDER, GREAT-UNCLE FLEW B-17’S)Just to get to see… what these veterans did for us. Our generation doesn’t take into account what happened in World War Two, and what those guys did for us. Just like in Vietnam and the rest of those. So it’s very important to see that history, see those planes. see where it came from and to see what they did for us.JOE–THE “TEXAS RAIDERS” B-17 IS ONE OF ONLY NINE LEFT FLYING IN THE WORLD. 3 3 JOE– AS YOU NOTICED… L-S-T 3-25 IS DOCKED NEAR TROPICANA FOR THE FIRST TIME. ONCE A NEW MOORING AND VISITORS CENTER IS BUILT — IT WILL DROP ANCHOR THERE PERMANENTLY. THAT LIKELY WON’T BE UNTIL NEXT YEAR. IT’S THE ONLY L-S-T STILL IN FULL OPERATION.(JACK STEPHENSON) “I’ve met thousands upon thousands of veterans from all different wars. They’d stand there and we’d talk together. I had a lot of people that would come back, I’d talk to their fathers from WWII.” 3 JOE–L-S-T WILL BE DOCKED DOWNTOWN GIVING FREE TOURS THROUGH THE WEEKEND. 3 3 JOE–THE EVANSVILLE MUSEUM IS HOSTING TWO PROGRAMS TODAY.THE FIRST IS THIS EVENING AT 6PM. THE MUSEUM WILL BE SHOWING THE FILM “CASABLANCA”– WHICH WAS RELEASED SHORTLY AFTER THE ALLIED INVASION OF NORTH AFRICA..AND TOMORROW AT NOON.. DOCTOR JAMES MACLEOD AND TOM LONNBERG WILL RECALL EVANSVILLE’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE D-DAY EFFORT.. FOCUSING ON THE PRODUCTION OF WAR MATERIALS USED DURING THE INVASION OF NORMANDY AND OTHER AVENUES.. 3 JOE–AND IN OWENSBORO TODAY– ALL WORLD WAR TWO VETERANS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A VIEWING OF THE UNKNOWNS WHICH RECOUNTS THE U.S. ARMY’S MOST ELITE CEREMONIAL UNIT AS THEY TRAIN TO PROTECT THE TOMB OF THE UNKOWN SOLDIER.JUSTIN BICKETT — WHO SERVED AT THE TOMB FROM 2007 TO 2009 — WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE.THE SHOWING WILL BE TONIGHT AT SIX AT THE BLUEGRASS MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM.

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