Follow Candy Bomber's lead

January 7, 2014 

I would like to share a story about retired U.S. Air Force pilot Gail Halverson, commonly known as the Candy Bomber. His extraordinary acts of kindness to West Berliners during the Berlin Airlift in 1948-49 reminds us of the good ole days when we could leave our doors unlocked and the keys in the car without worrying.

His actions triggered an out-pouring of kindness by thousands of Americans donating handkerchiefs and 23 tons of candy, which was delivered by tiny parachutes over blockaded Berlin. When one talks about serving one's country, one should look at Gail Halverson's selfless and noble acts of kindness bestowed upon our former enemies.

Hats off to Gail Halverson. He is now 92 years young and is one remarkable fellow. I can only sum up his service in one word: Wow.

Kevin Sheridan

Fairview Heights

Belleville News-Democrat is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service