Friday, November 2, 2007

Rest In Peace Paul Tibbets

Brigadier General Paul Tibbets died Thursday at age 92. I had the chance to have lunch with this man when he visited Salem, Oregon in the late 90's. I found him to be a tough, articulate and thoughtful man.

He had no regrets about his mission over Hiroshima Japan and felt that he had done his job as a soldier and had saved many lives by shortening the war. Many people have cursed him for piloting the Enola Gay, which dropped the first atomic bomb. After getting to know him, I found he was simply a good pilot trying to do his job without "screwing the pooch".

I wish he and his family well.

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