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July 23, 2013

“What was the happiest moment of your life?”

“The day I received my Jet Wings. February 21st, 1970 – I was 20 years old. It’s rare that you receive your Jet Wings on your birthday. I was in basic training down in Fort Polk Louisiana and my Captain, Captain Hamburger, told me I didn’t have the ‘facilities’ – in other words the pigment of my skin – to become airborne. So the day I got my wings put on me I told my Lieutenant, ‘you tell Captain Hamburger that Geronimo Patton got his wings’.”

Photo cred: Tom Culver


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