TV journalist Tom Brokaw’s book “The Greatest Generation” is the story of a generation born during the “Great War” who survived the Spanish Influenza, the
Great Depression, and fought for freedom in a global war. To quote the author – “these men and women fought not for fame and recognition, but because it
was the right thing to do. When they came back they rebuilt America into a superpower. No other society in history ever produced such a generation.”
Robert E Case was of this generation. He never thought he was anything special. He flew 167 combat missions against the empire of Japan in an antiquated
underpowered aircraft against a numerically superior, better trained, and better equipped enemy and never once thought that what he did was anything
special. He flew and fought when the United States was not winning, the enemy was not defeated or strangled by lack of supply, and the outcome of the war
was unknown – yet each morning he climbed aboard his P39 Airacobra and took to the skies – and there was (according to him) nothing special in that.
Robert was awarded 13 Combat Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross – if you asked him why he was awarded the Air Medals - his response was that he
ate his oatmeal; if you asked him why he was awarded the DFC – he would say it was because he didn’t complain about eating his oatmeal.