Seward Meintsma and his wife, Nellye, have been married nearly 64 years. Photo by Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman Steve Gust
For Lt. Col. Seward Meintsma, 91, World War II wasn't quite over until this year when he finally was awarded the military's Distinguished Flying Cross medal.I'm glad to see stories like this. I hope all veterans receive any citations they are due after their service. It is the very least our country can do for them. It's not about the medals, but they should be recognized for their extraordinary service.
Mr. Meintsma and his crew completed 35 missions over Europe without any major incidents or any of the crew being wounded. He was pilot of a B-24 Liberator, part of the 785th Bombardment Squadron, 466th Bombardment Group, Second Air Division. He continued his military career as a pilot, and retired in 1972 after he served as an adviser to the Vietnamese Air Force during the Vietnam conflict. He was awarded a Bronze Star for service there.
This does make me wonder how many more deserving veterans from all wars have not been recognized?
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