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The Berlin Air Lift

Isn’t it amazing how fast things can change? One of my favorite military medals is the Humane Action Service medal issued to those who took part in the Berlin Air Lift from June 1948 to Sept. 1949. The Soviets had cut off all land supply routes into the western sector of occupied Berlin in order to starve the city into submission. The US then flew in all the food and fuel needed to save the city’s population from starving and freezing to death. The children of the same population that only four years earlier we were trying to bomb into oblivion were now being bombed with candy tied to miniature parachutes. This medal is a historic milestone commemorating one of our finest moments.