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1 Shiplord Kirel  Sun, Oct 21, 2012 7:55:41am

RIP, George.

2 PhillyPretzel  Sun, Oct 21, 2012 7:58:53am

re: #1 Shiplord Kirel

I agree. RIP Senator.

3 Shiplord Kirel  Sun, Oct 21, 2012 8:55:22am

George McGovern's aversion to war was very personal:

On a December 20 mission against the Škoda Works at Pilsen, McGovern's plane had one engine out and another in flames after being hit by flak. Unable to return to Italy, McGovern was able to land his plane on a British airfield on Vis, a small island off the Yugoslav coast controlled by Josip Broz Tito's Partisans. The short field, normally used by small fighter planes, killed many of the bomber crews who tried to make emergency landings there, but McGovern successfully landed, saving his crew and earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross.


Upon coming home, McGovern returned to Dakota Wesleyan University, aided by the G.I. Bill, and graduated from there in June 1946 with a B.A. degree magna cum laude. For a while he suffered from nightmares about flying through flak barrages or his plane being on fire.

4 Romantic Heretic  Sun, Oct 21, 2012 9:42:58am

Vaya con Dios, Senator. You served your country well.

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