12, 1943 Today was
the day, first I took my first ship on
a mission with Choster Ninney as my co-pilot.
We call it soloing. Second, when we landed
at 15:30 the Major met us at the plane
and told us to dress in full for decorations.
So without eating since breakfast, we had
to stand at attention for an hour while
the awards were being presented.
received the Air Medal and two oak leaf clusters.