Letter to the editor: Greatest Generation heroes should be honored
I was moved by Deb Erdley’s article ”Flags to fly at half staff in honor of WWII airman’s interment in Arlington” (Nov. 30, TribLIVE). What a heart-rending story on 1st Lt. Eugene P. Ford, a WWII B-24 pilot from Derry Township. Ford’s remains were interred Dec. 4 in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
As mentioned, Ford was 21 and piloting his 44th mission on Dec. 17, 1944 when his plane went down off the coast of Croatia. My father, Cpl. Nicholas Busony, was on the ground in Belgium that day, the second day of the Battle of the Bulge. He was combat medic who participated in that historic campaign.
It is important that we honor Ford, an American hero, and all who served in WWII from the Greatest Generation. Westmoreland County facilities had originally planned to fly flags at half-staff on Tuesday in his honor. Coincidentally another American hero, former president George H.W. Bush, also received that honor.