Monday, September 16, 2013

B-26 Marauder Historical Society Reunion Banquet [2013]

Hi Neighbors,

My mom and I enjoyed a most special evening with my grandpa's former comrade in arms, Bill, and his fellow alumni and kin at the B-26 Marauder Historical Society reunion banquet at the Doubletree Hilton, Seatac, Wash.:

Marauder alumni at the reunion (above)
Mom, Bill, + Me by Brian (above)

2nd + 3rd generation portrait by Bill (above)
The B-26 was a medium range bomber used during World War II whose design changes correlated with the lowest loss rate of any WWII combat aircraft.  The B-26 Marauder Historical Society is the largest international organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Martin B-26 Marauder and the 300,000 service personnel that made it the most successful medium bomber of World War II.


In 2001, I had interviewed my grandpa six months before he died about his World War II experiences. Shortly after, I contacted Bill through the MHS roster book, and interviewed him about his experiences with my grandpa and in World War II.  Since then, we kept in touch.  It felt a privilege and joy to connect on-ground as though we were immediate family at the reunion.

The Ceremony for the Missing Man felt deep and compelling. I thought of Grandpa and many others sitting at that table.

Maj. Don Weiss artifacts (above)
Keynote Sue Ann + husband Tom (above)
I appreciated the keynote address by Sue Ann, author of Incendiary Mary, whose father, Major Don Weiss, was killed in action with his crew in the plane of the same name of her book title when she was six months old.  A French farmer in the mid-1980s found Maj. Weiss' and others' remains at the crash site. The family buried Maj. Weiss, after proper verification by the US government, in 1995. She ended her address with her father's quote from his diary, "I have seen a lot. I now feel that my education is complete."

Thank you Grandpa, Bill, and Marauders for your service! Thank you MHS for keeping their legacy alive.

Enjoy Grandpa and Bill's WW2 photos.  Learn more about the B-26s and their crews.

Generous Souls,
Now Lifelong Family and Friends,
We know Joy and Peace.