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Mon., Aug. 4, 2014, 1:12 p.m.

Airport Gets Boyington Memorabilia

Kevin Gonzalez called the latest donations from the family of World War II Medal of Honor recipient Gregory "Pappy" Boyington "a special treat to have in this community." "It is the sentiment of the Boyington family that Pappy belonged to the nation and, as such, wants many of his personal items to be shared," said Gonzalez, of the Marine Corps League's local Pappy Boyington Detachment. Pappy's grandson, Gregory Boyington III, donated items to the Marine Corps League, including:

  • A watch presented to Pappy's mother Grace at the christening of the U.S.S. Sunset aircraft carrier with a note from Pappy (Boyington was listed as missing and presumed dead at the christening event).
  • A "Baa Baa Black Sheep" TV show sign autographed by the cast and crew (The 1970s series was loosely based on Pappy's best-selling book.).
  • A framed photo of a plaque in Pappy's honor that's displayed at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Fla./Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you know the story of Pappy Boyington -- and how it relates to Coeur d''Alene?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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