Sometimes You Have to Let the Actions Speak for Themselves

…before you say goodbye.

Kenneth Reusser, 1920 – 2009
The funeral for Ken Reusser, a legendary Marine aviator is taking place in Clackamas as I type this. Apologies for not finding out about this sooner.

Reusser is a much-decorated pilot who received the Navy Cross for his actions in World War II. In a dramatic counter-kamikaze mission, he and his copilot tracked down a Japanese surveillance aircraft that was providing information to suicide pilots, chasing it through skies so cold that their guns froze up.

They used their Corsair’s propellers to slice through the tail of the reconnaisance plane.

His passing touches a special place in our family, too ~ he was the Grinch’s Commanding Officer in VMF-232 during the mid-50’s.
Semper Fi, sir.
And God speed your valiant heart through clear skies.

7 Responses to “Sometimes You Have to Let the Actions Speak for Themselves”

  1. JeffS says:

    Vale, Colonel Reusser, and God speed.

  2. Skyler says:

    Semper fidelis.

  3. Wow.
    Just wow.
    Semper fi, sir. I just wish I could live up to the standard set by the man with my first name.

  4. Ave says:

    May God bless this good man.

  5. Mr. Bingley says:

    Indeed, God Bless and RIP. You’ve earned it.

  6. Gary from Jersey says:

    Sorry I didn’t know about this sooner. The donation would have been on the way. Semper Fi and Godspeed, sir.

  7. Teresa says:

    God Speed sir. Rest in Peace. We will miss you!

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