This Week's Program

Will Watt worked with Darlene Taylor to have the highway 84 overpass (over hwy 19) named in honor of Maj Henry Elrod, the only Medal of Honor winner from Thomasville. Will will share his research with us.

Major Elrod arrived at Wake Island a short time before the hostilities commenced and was one of the twelve pilots who flew the Marine planes onto the island. During the defense of Wake, Capt Elrod repeatedly displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty. On the 12th of December he single-handedly attacked a flight of 22 enemy planes and shot down two. On several flights he executed low altitude bombing and strafing runs on enemy ships, and became the first man to sink a major warship with small caliber bombs delivered from a fighter-type aircraft.

Posted by Susan Backofen
November 3, 2020


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