Archive for the ‘hero’ Category

“Hero of the Hudson” Sullenberger Honored At Home Town

January 24, 2009

“He’s the most honorable man I know,” his wife said.  “The man that makes my tea in the morning.”

Captain Sullenberger said, “Circumstance determined the crew that day.  We were just doing what we were trained to do.”

“May the good forces of the Universe protect you,” a citizen sent to Danville’s Mayor, in a message for Sully…..
Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger — who put his US Airways jetliner down on the Hudson minutes after both engines failed, and who walked the length of the drifting Airbus A320 twice to make certain that all 155 people on board got off safely — was greeted by several thousand cheering people gathered around the town square in Danville, California, for a celebration in his honor.

Mayor Newell Arnerich presented Sullenberger with a ceremonial key to the city, an upscale suburb near San Francisco. Sullenberger, who has avoided public comment since the January 15 incident, made very brief remarks.

He thanked the crowd for an “incredible outpouring of support.”

“Circumstance determined that it was this experienced crew that was scheduled to fly on that particular flight on that particular day,” Sullenberger said. “But I know I can speak for the entire crew when I tell you we were simply doing the jobs we were trained to do. Thank you.”

See the video:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/US/01/24/c
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Friends and neighbors of the pilot who safely landed a crippled jetliner in New York’s Hudson River planned to give him a hero’s homecoming on Saturday.

Associated Press

The mayor and other officials were preparing to greet US Airways Pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his family with a ceremony on Danville’s town green.

Sullenberger, who lives in this San Francisco Bay Area suburb, has been lauded nationwide for gliding Flight 1549 to an emergency river landing on Jan. 15 after both of the plane’s engines were disabled following a collision with a flock of birds. All 155 passengers and crew members were rescued.

Community members planned to celebrate his feat with music, an honor guard and other presentations.

Read the rest and see video:
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-ussull0125,0,564370.story

In this image taken from the website of Safety Reliability Methods, ... 
US Airways pilot Chelsey B. Sullenberger III.

Plane’s Recorders Support Hero Pilot’s Account; He’s Ready for Inauguration

January 19, 2009

The black boxes recovered from the US Airways jetliner that safely splashed down in the Hudson River last week captured thumping sounds, the sudden loss of engine power and the pilot’s calm mayday request, evidence that seems to back up the crew’s account of hitting a flock of birds shortly after take off.

The pilot, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, credited with helping save the lives of all 155 people aboard, reports that the plane has hit birds and lost both engines shortly after investigators heard “the sound of thumps and a rapid decrease in engine sounds,” National Transportation Safety Board member Kitty Higgins said.

By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press Writer

Sullenberger then discussed alternate landings at New Jersey airports before deciding to attempt a river landing, she said. Ninety seconds before ditching the plane, he told passengers to “brace for impact” and informs controllers “they will be in the Hudson River,” Higgins said.

The dispatches on the cockpit voice recorder were described as “a very calm, collected exercise,” Robert Benzon, a veteran safety board investigator, said Sunday.

Said Higgins: “It was very matter of fact.”

In Washington, D.C., safety board spokesman Peter Knudson said preliminary indications from radar data of the plane’s take off Thursday from LaGuardia Airport “did not show any targets” that might be birds. But investigators will keep looking, he said.

“We are going to go and get all the electronic data necessary to get a complete picture of what was on his screen. It’s possible there was more being displayed than we initially understood. We just don’t know definitively at this point — we don’t know exactly what was shown on that radar screen,” Knudson said.

In this image taken from the website of Safety Reliability Methods, ... 
US Airways pilot Chelsey B. Sullenberger III.  He’s headed to Washington DC for Barack Obama’s inauguration….

Sullenberger, who has so far not publicly talked about the crash, has been invited to attend President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration on Tuesday, according to the mayor of his hometown, Danville, Calif. An Obama aide said Sunday evening the family had been invited, speaking on condition of anonymity because details were still being worked out.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/2009011
9/ap_on_re_us/plane_splashdown

Rescue crews secure the US Airways A320 after it crashed into ...

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A worker looks into the damaged right engine of the US Airways ... 
A worker looks into the damaged right engine of the US Airways Airbus A320 that made an emergency landing Thursday in the Hudson River as the plane sits on a barge after being lifted out of the river in New York, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Pearl Harbor, 67 Years Ago Sunday: Heroes Remembered

December 6, 2008

Thousands of World War II veterans and other observers are expected to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the devastating 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor tomorrow.

The theme of the event, “Pacific War Memories: The Heroic Response to Pearl Harbor,” is something of a departure from the past.

In this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo, American ships burn during ... 
I this Dec. 7, 1941 photo, American ships burn during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. With an eye on the immediate aftermath of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, thousands of World War II veterans and other observers are expected on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the devastating Japanese military raid.(AP Photo)

The commemoration usually focuses on the attack on the USS Arizona, Pearl Harbor and several other installations on Oahu.

But this year, the focus will center more on the months following the raid.

In this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo, the battleship USS Arizona ... 
In this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo, the battleship USS Arizona belches smoke as it topples over into the sea during a Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. With an eye on the immediate aftermath of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, thousands of World War II veterans and other observers are expected on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the devastating Japanese military raid.(AP Photo)

One of the speakers will be Thomas Griffin, who answered the Pearl Harbor attack four months later with an aircraft carrier-launched bomber raid on Tokyo.

The B-25 mission inflicted little damage to Japan but boosted morale in America.

It led the embarrassed Japanese government to launch what turned out to be an ill-fated attack on Midway Island.


USS Hornet launched the B-25 attack on Japan in 1942

From the Associated Press

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One of the American heroes of December 7, 1941 was Doris “Dorie” Miller.  He was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic action that day.  He fought the Japanese along side his Commanding Officer, Captain Mervyn Bennion of the USS West Virginia:

“For distinguished devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and disregard for his own personal safety during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. While at the side of his Captain on the bridge, Miller, despite enemy strafing and bombing and in the face of a serious fire, assisted in moving his Captain, who had been mortally wounded, to a place of greater safety, and later manned and operated a machine gun directed at enemy Japanese attacking aircraft until ordered to leave the bridge.”

   
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In this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo, a  small boat rescues a USS ... 
In this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo, a small boat rescues a USS West Virginia crew member from the water after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. With an eye on the immediate aftermath of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, thousands of World War II veterans and other observers are expected on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the devastating Japanese military raid.

Captain Bennion of USS West Virginia was awarded the Medal of Honor (posthumously).

Mervyn Sharp Bennion

Captain Bennion’s citation:

For conspicuous devotion to duty, extraordinary courage, and complete disregard of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. As Commanding Officer of the USS West Virginia, after being mortally wounded, Capt. Bennion evidenced apparent concern only in fighting and saving his ship, and strongly protested against being carried from the bridge.”


USS Bennion was named for Captain Bennion in 1943.


USS Miller was named for Dorie Miller in 1973