A very special visitor paid a visit to Golden Fields Elementary School recently to tell his story about helping kids after World War II. The ‘Berlin Candy Bomber,’ retired Colonel Gail Halvorsen, stopped by the school to speak with the students about his service to our country and to retell the story of his most famous mission.
Col. Halvorsen has two great-grandchildren attending Golden Fields Elementary and at the age of 97-years-old is as spry as ever. He told his story of air dropping candy from his C-54 cargo plane during the Berlin Airlift following the war. Attaching candy to tiny parachutes, he and his crew offloaded their cargo of candy for German children, much in the same way his crew delivered needed supplies to Berlin during the blockade of the city in 1948 and 1949.
For his service to our country and his 31 year career with the U.S. Air Force, Col. Halvorsen was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014.
We thank Colonel Gail Halvorsen for his service to our country and for taking the time to come to Golden Fields Elementary to retell his story.