SALT LAKE CITY — Members of Utah’s congressional delegation want President Donald Trump to honor Utah’s “Candy Bomber” with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Ret. Col. Gail Halvorsen is best known for his actions over 70 years ago as a pilot delivering aid, supplies and even candy to war-torn Germany as part of the Cold War-era Berlin Airlift. He became known as Onkel Wackelflugel or Uncle Wiggly Wings to countless German children and as the Candy Bomber to the rest of the world.
Born in Salt Lake City, Halvorsen is a 98-year-old man who attended Utah State University in addition to his service overseas.
Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, wrote about the push for the medal on Twitter.
This week, I joined my colleagues in the UT delegation to send a letter to President Trump recommending Gail Halverson, aka “The Candy Bomber” receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.🏅
Many Utahns know his story by heart but if not, read more here: https://t.co/gup2ibx8ca
— Rep. John Curtis (@RepJohnCurtis) December 18, 2019
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