|Project by Woodbutcher3||posted 07-11-2010 02:54 PM||2511 views||1 time favorited||14 comments|
For years I was after my Dad to give me his medals to put in a Flag box for him. Finally, a couple years ago he did. I make these boxes for a lot of theMarines retiring. I’m glad I got to build his cherry flag box before he passed 26 Dec 09. He was a real hero, but didn’t speak of it much.
Dad was a Marine night fighter pilot flying the F4F Hellcat. He flew at Pelillu in support of Chesty Puller then in the Philippines when MacArthur asked for the Marine night fighters to protect the ships. The day afte they arrived in the Philipines, he was the first to shoot down a Jap plane in the Philippines. He got to meet the Philippine President and have breakfast with MacArthur.
In Korea, he flew helicopters in the squadron that later became, HMX1, the Presidential Squadron. He flew rescue. He actually brought one of the last casualties back to one of te hospital ships making a near impossible landing. It saved the Marines life. He was also the pilot for the South Korean President.
He earned three Distinguished Flying Crosses (air equivalent of the ground side Silver Star), 4 air medals and 23 other ribbons that included the Distinguished Army medal (later converted to the Presidential Citation Medal) that was awarded to his squadron by MacArthur for the job they did in the Philippines. The only Marine Squadron to be so honored.
Dad took up woodworking about the time of the Korean War. I have pictures of his first bookshelf. He became an incredibly skilled woodworker and carver making some very fine furniture – cherry tables, beds, coffee tables and more for the house that was later assessed at high values. He made beautiful duck and fish carving and even won a few ribbons.
today, I have a lot of his tools – hand tools and machines. He actually passed them on to me about 5 years before he passed. I used them as a kid growing up; I used them to creat his flagbox. My hands are now where his once were.
He was a man’s man; he was a boys’ hero.
Box is cherry with dovetail corners. Plexiglass insert is UV protection. Backing under medals is a special foam backed material that makes it easy to use and shows no creases. The back of the box is removable and has a leather look finish to it for that final touch.
-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.