SECDEF James N. Mattis and the Commanding General of CENTCOM, General Joseph Votel, briefed reporters today on details of the Syrian airstrike, more refined bomb damage assessments, the intelligence that led to the airstrike and the message that was intended.
The Boys discuss two stories they had seen separately but were written by the same author: Adam Makos.
Devotion tells the story of Naval Aviators Tom Hubner & Jesse Brown. Hubner crash lands his Corsair in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir to save Brown who was shot down and trapped inside his aircraft. Hubner was awarded the Medal of Honor and recently had a U.S. Navy destroyer named in his honor.
Gunner, upon hearing that, recounts another story (also written about by Makos) about a German M-109 that safely escorted a badly damaged U.S. B-17 bomber to the English Channel and safety instead of destroying it and the crew. The book is entitled A Higher Call. The pilots meet here in the United States in the 1980’s — incredible.