Today there will be a ceremony at Ellington Field to honor World War II Army Air Corps Radio Operator, Sergeant Paul T. Standley. The 147th will be marking Sergeant Standley's 70th anniversary of joining the Army Air Corps. He began his career at Ellington Field, but would see a lot of island hopping during World War II as he transported soldiers from Hawaii, to Guam, Kawajalin, Siapan, and after August 1945, home.
As part of the ceremony honoring Sgt. Standley, his son, Judge Larry Standley has created a shadowbox display containing his father's uniform and medals.
As Judge Standley pointed out, there are only approximately 1.7 million American veterans still alive from World War II, and statistics seem to indicate that about one thousand of them die every day. This is an amazing and touching tribute from a Son to a Father -- and a Nation to a Solider.
Congratulations, Sergeant Standley and thank you for everything.