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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