A B-24 gunner who flew missions to drop spies and supplies into France and Italy during World War II has received the country's highest civilian honor.
Air Force Col. Russell “Cliff” Hastler Jr. (Ret), a 93-year-old Life Member of MOAA from Ohio, recently was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal. Hastler enlisted as a member of the Army Air Corps, then returned to service as an Air Force officer, retiring in 1978 after 30 years of service.
“During World War II, I wanted so much to serve as a pilot, and we all wanted to do the right thing,” Hastler said in a written response to MOAA's questions provided through his family. “That sense of patriotism has remained a part of my being to this day. It's been my greatest honor to serve my country as a member of the military, and especially as an Air Force officer.”
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