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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian05 Sep 2021 8:00 p.m. PST

…No one thought he would make it back home alive. As surgeons worked through the night, so did the command staff of the 21st Bomber Command. They wanted to be able to present Erwin with the Medal of Honor before he died. His Medal of Honor citation was signed by Maj. Gen. Curtis LeMay the next morning. LeMay himself worked through the night to get its approval…

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PzGeneral06 Sep 2021 3:30 a.m. PST


Stryderg06 Sep 2021 9:13 a.m. PST

Just surviving that is incredible, actually doing it is awe inspiring.

leidang07 Sep 2021 6:46 a.m. PST

When I was a teen, I read a book that was entirely the Medal of Honor citations for all of the winners to date. It was truly an amazing read. Out of all of them, Erwin's was the one that struck me as the most amazing and the one that required the most sheer willpower.

I have remembered it ever since and whenever the MOH comes up in conversation, I once again pass on his story.

Things left out of the article. He went home and married his high school sweetheart. His son grew up to be a senator for Alabama. He eventually regained the sight in his left eye.

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