On June 20th, retired Marine Col. Kenneth L. Reusser (age 89), passed away in Portland, Oregon. The former Georgia Bulldog football player and wrestler was a two time winner of the Navy Cross for bravery in World War II and the Korean War. He earned his second Navy Cross as a member of Marine Fighter Squadron 214, nicknamed the "Black Sheep Squadron."
The Washington Post profiled Reusser as part of their July 4th coverage. His obit is an incredible read. His life is the sort that Dan Magill typically writes about in his series of articles I call "Bill Brasky Eat Your Heart Out."
BTW -- I'm not selling this big enough. Let me mention that...he ran out of ammo mid-flight so he chased a Japanese recon plane for 100 miles and then rammed him in mid-air from the rear to knock him out of the sky. That's why you should be reading this.
If you have a minute, give his story a read.
ht -- Eric T.