WWII glider pilot belatedly receives Bronze Star

08/22/2013 | Seattle Times, The

Bob Swenson was one of some 6,000 glider pilots who flew during World War II. The aircraft he piloted was nicknamed "The Flying Coffin" because it carried 15 soldiers on a one-way trip into a combat zone. Now 90, Swenson finally received a Bronze Star for bravery in action on Mar. 24, 1945, when he flew troops into Wesel, Germany, during Operation Varsity. Because of a shortage of infantrymen, Swenson was given a machine gun to use upon landing.

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