Latter-day Saint Life

WWII "Candy Bomber" from "Meet the Mormons" Honored for His Compassion for the Children of Germany


Col. Gail Halvorsen, a WWII pilot known for dropping candy rations from his plane for the impoverished children of war-torn Germany, was honored for his compassion and service by Utah lawmakers on Feb. 3. 

The "Candy Bomber" of the Berlin Airlift was recognized Friday in the Utah Senate for his act of compassion toward the people of Germany in the aftermath of World War II.

For Utah lawmakers, a visit from retired Air Force Col. Gail Halvorsen was a privileged opportunity to meet with a local hero who gained fame through his small but meaningful acts of kindness to the people of a divided Berlin.

The 96-year-old veteran stood tall as he stepped onto the Senate floor and was greeted by inspired lawmakers.

Lead image from Deseret News
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