R.I.P. Commander Alex Vraciu

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    #1 stug3, Jan 30, 2015
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    Vraciu was shot down by Jap flak in Dec 1944 and spent six months with the USAFFE guerillas gathering intelligence. When rescued he was not allowed to return for combat.

    He was CO of the start up of Naval and Marine Air Reserve programs and many years later won the USN High Individual Air to Air competition..

    When Capt Jimmie "Doc" Savage passed away in 1984, Vraciu and Paul Thayer and I were among the Pall bearers. He (Savage) was a past President American Fighter Aces and one of my father's dearest friends.
     
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    Man. Sad to think there less and less...
     
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    I remember seeing that photo of him when I was 9 years old. Forty six years ago.
     
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