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Lodians attend the Berlin Airlift Reunion

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Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 10:37 am

Who: Wendell and Lana Houck of Herald, Gerry Bryant of Walnut Creek, Joanne and Dennis Seibel of Lodi and Bill Moersch.

Occupation: Wendell and Lana are cattle ranchers and Gerry is a retired employee of AT&T.

The trip: We went to Ogden, Utah. Wendell was an Air Traffic Control Tower Chief at Rhein-Main during the Berlin airlift of 1948 and 1949. We also went to the Berlin Airlift Reunion. Wendell was able to reconnect with pilots and others who served during this time. We all got to meet Gail Halvorsen, 92 and still very active, who wrote the book “The Candy Bombers” about the planes dropping parachutes of candy to the children of Berlin. We also met three women who now live in the Bay Area who were children in Berlin during the airlift. We will be meeting them in December for a Toys for Tots, Berlin Reunion Luncheon in Danville. We toured the Airplane Museum at Hill Air Force Base, Salt Lake City, Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearsal and had a Dutch oven lunch in Ogden, Utah.

Would you go back? There is so much to see; we’d love to go back.

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