First, I have to say that this wouldn’t have been possible were it not for the unceasing efforts of an old friend of mine, and a former local Atlanta musician, Mark Noah. I met him in the 90’s when he was frontman for the Atlanta-based band, “The Anti-Heroes”. Mark is anything but an anti-hero… in fact, he’s given many, MANY heroes a chance to come home and posthumously tell their stories.
Thanks to Mark and his organization, 36 Marines who died fighting on Tarawa in World War 2 finally made it back home. They were received at Pearl Harbor with full military honors.
Mark’s a fellow pilot and is now heading up a non-profit organization called History Flight. He’s flown with me on a few occasions in one of his restored WWII-era Warbirds, He tours the country with History Flight, allowing pilots and non-flyers the opportunity to experience aerobatic flight and simulated combat. Those flights raise money for his real passion… researching, locating and repatriating our fallen soldiers overseas. I had a chance to work with one of his colleagues when I visited several newly discovered WWII crash sites in the jungles of Peleliu.
For his efforts, the USMC has made him an honorary Marine… Quite an honor!
Here’s us getting ready to take up his AT-6 Texan WWII Trainer back in 2006