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Veterans of World War II raid holding 70th reunion

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    Veterans of World War II raid holding 70th reunion

    Published July 30, 2013
    Associated Press
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      Aug. 1, 1943: A U.S. Army Air Force B-24 Liberator flies with plumes of black smoke rising from bombed facilities of the Astro Romano oil refinery at Ploiesti, Romania. (AP)
    DAYTON, Ohio – Veterans of a daring and costly World War II low-flying raid on Axis oil fields are gathering in Ohio this week for a 70th anniversary reunion.
    Those participating in the Ploesti Raid reunion at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton will arrive Tuesday, gathering for dinner followed by private events Wednesday. On the raid anniversary Thursday, there will be a public memorial service at the museum and a chance to meet veterans.
    One of the reunion coordinators is Air Force history buff Mark Copeland of Lakeville, Minn. He says organizers expect nearly a dozen raid veterans to take part. He says organizers are pleased with the response, given the men's ages and travel challenges.
    Among others expected is a sister of Maj. John Jerstad, a pilot who was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. With his plane heavily damaged and still taking fire from anti-aircraft guns, Jerstad's plane released its bombs before crashing into the target area. His was among five Medals of Honor awarded for the raid.


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