Monday, April 10, 2017

Remembering Fallen Comrades

Sanford "Sandy" Graves, left, and Marshall Clark, the last living pilots of the 451st Bomber Squadron, share a toast to their fallen comrades. (Fox 13)

FOX News: Final two WWII squad members share solemn toast to fallen comrades

They had their first reunion in Chicago in 1946. Now, more than 70 reunions later, two veterans of the 451st Bomber Squadron met again -- this time at an Applebee's in Bradenton, Florida.

The squadron started in 1942, training at what was then MacDill Field in Tampa. Later, they flew their B-26 Marauders to Europe to fight the Nazis.

"You live together 24-7, you die together, you work together. There's no room for someone who doesn't want to be close," explained 93-year-old Sanford "Sandy" Graves.

He believed their friendships would last forever, but the young flyers who helped win the war have now been lost to time, except for two.

"We're down to that point now: two people standing. Marshall and me," Graves said.

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WNU Editor: These two veterans followed my own personal cardinal rule .... "never drink alone".

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