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Eddie Rickenbacker's Deliverance

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Dr. Gifford has been asked to provide this article once again as a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.  Please enjoy!   Americans know Ohio native Eddie Rickenbacker as a World War I hero. He was the ace fighter pilot of the Ninety-fourth Aero Pursuit Squadron who personally shot down twenty-six enemy aircraft. He was awarded the Medal of Honor and received many other decorations for bravery and service to his country. Two decades later, Rickenbacker, over fifty years old and the president of Eastern Airlines, served his country again. In October 1942, he was inspecting air bases in...

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