Aug 2, 2010

Pappy Boyington Field Fly-in!!

“Pappy Boyington Field” Newsletter
The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow has just concluded, and featured a Salute to Veterans events. It was an honor to have the film “Pappy Boyington Field” included in the events.

Later this month, the Coeur d’Alene Airport Association will be welcoming pilots for a Fly-in at Pappy Boyington Field on August 28th. If you fly in you’ll be able to learn more about the plans for the 8-ft. bronze Pappy statue project and the (Boyington Memorial Fund). So plan your trip, and add Pappy Boyington Field (COE) into your log book.

Pappy's August history:
During August 1943, Pappy formed up and began training pilots for his VMF-214, and legend of the Black Sheep Squadron was soon to begin.

The Japanese agreed to surrender terms on August 15th. By the end of the month Pappy was liberated from Omori Prison Camp near Tokyo. He was held as a prisoner for 20 months, after being shot down in a dogfight and subsequently captured by a Japanese submarine.

After WWII, one of his assignments sent him around the country on a Victory Bond Tour, and eventually he retired from the Marine Corps on August 1, 1947.

In August 2007, the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners passed the resolution for “Coeur d’Alene Airport/Pappy Boyington Field”.

Marine Corps League National Conventions:
The 87th Marine Corps League National Convention will be held this month in Greensboro, NC, and will be a tribute to LtGen John A. Lejeune, the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

The location of the 88th Marine Corps League National Convention in 2011 will be Boise, Idaho. The convention theme will be a tribute to LtCol Gregory Pappy Boyington, a legendary Marine Corps Aviator and recipient of the Medal of Honor.

The National Convention draws thousands of Marines from across the country, and it’s an excellent tourism opportunity for the host city. Mark your calendars early for Boise in 2011.

If you’d like to learn more about Pappy Boyington, the leading Marine "Ace" of WW2, visit the website:

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