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The Berlin Candy Bomber

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Spartan alumnus Col. Gail “Hal” Halvorsen, who left his Utah home and sugar beet farm for military service, earned his wings in Miami, and went on to become a legendary humanitarian. Through a single act of kindness, Halvorsen initiated what came to be known as “Operation Little Vittles” – an airdrop project that put more than two million pounds of chocolate into the hands of starving children in eastern Berlin. It earned him the moniker “The Candy Bomber,” a Congressional Gold Medal Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

See photos from Col. Halvorsen’s 2015 Visit to Miami

Learn More

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Official ‘Candy Bomber’ Website
Video: ‘The Candy Bomber’ Honored in Germany 70 Years After Historic Berlin Airlift
Video: ‘The Candy Bomber’ PBS
Gail Halvorsen Wikipedia page
Smithsonian Magazine: The Sweet Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber
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