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Democrat IL 17

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  • Congratulating Bernard ``Barney’’ Young for Being Awarded the Army Air Corps Distinguished Flying Cross

    by Representative Cheri Bustos

    Posted on 2015-01-22

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    BUSTOS of illinois in the house of representatives Thursday, January 22, 2015 Mrs. BUSTOS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Bernard ``Barney'' Young of Rock Island, Illinois, who has been awarded the Army Air Corps Distinguished Flying Cross.

    During World War II, Barney served as a Flight Officer where he flew the treacherous route from India to China over the Himalayas, or the Hump, as Allied pilots called it. Shortly after the war, the Army Air Corps decided that flying the Hump qualified pilots for the Distinguished Flying Cross. However, by 1945, Barney had been reassigned to fly Merrill's Marauders from India to Africa. Because of this, Barney didn't learn of his eligibility for the award until years later.

    When he went to apply, it was discovered his flight records had been destroyed in a fire at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. Barney believed he would never receive the award. Then about a year ago, Tim Goodbrake of Edwardsville, Illinois, approached Barney about this award. Tim was researching his father's service in the Army Air Corps. He sought out Barney who had served with his father in India and the two discovered Barney's flight records buried in a trunk.

    Now, sixty-nine years after returning home from the war, Flight Officer Bernard Young is finally receiving this overdue honor for his service to our great nation.

    Mr. Speaker, I'd like to thank Bernard Young for his outstanding service to the United States and congratulate him on this noteworthy achievement.


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