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July 6, 2009

A Dawgly Black Sheep Passes

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.


skidawg1985 said...

Wow, now that is one great damn dawg!

Anonymous said...

I'll says a big thanks for his WWII service, but we should still question why the powers that be sent this brave man into another combat zone....only this time an unconstitutional one.

Crane said...

Nearly out of ammunition, he decided to ram an enemy plane

That right there = Balls.

Tough as hell said...

While the majority of details are left out, what can be assumed is that Wamu f8cked up and tried to play hardball with one of the most hardball MFers of all time.

We all know what happened to Wamu.

God bless you Colonel Reusser.

Unknown said...

+1000 Tough as Hell


Someone should post this inside the locker room.

Semper FI.

Hunkering Hank said...

+1,000,000 Tough as Hell - my thoughts exactly - F. Wamu for screwing a hero.

God Bless Him and America.

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