Honoring Carl Todd WWII Veteran

  • San Diego Intl Airport Terminal 2 3707 N. Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101 USA

Carl R. Todd

VPB 216, Crew 4, United States Navy,

Combat Action Ribbon Recipient, age 19.

Please join Air Group One and Honor Flight in honoring WWII Veteran Carl Todd for his service. 

Mr. Todd was selected by Honor Flight for their "Tour of Washington" including stops at all the major war memorials in Washington D.C.  

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. Our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.

 

Patrol Boat Martin (PBM) Mariner Seaplane

by the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Company,

United States Navy, World War II.

Photo taken at the Marianas Islands during the Pacific Theater/Campaign July 1944.

The PBM Mariner was the successor to the PBY Catalina during WWII.

"Back in the day young Carl Todd joined the U. S. Navy and became a crewmember on the Martin PBM, a long-range flying boat designed for patrolling oceans for the menacing enemy submarines, and for rescues at sea. He and his family have often enjoyed the AG-1/Airport Café "FlyDays". He was proud to have his picture taken while meeting Mr. Jim Slattery at the bow of Mr. Slattery's PBY Catalina (also a flying boat) at FlyDays. Though in a wheel chair now, Carl still has that old WWII aviation spirit. He was blown away when at FlyDays we introduced him as a celebrity and the thankful crowd gave him a standing ovation. It got a bit teary as I recall. Later in the evening I had the honor and pleasure to sit with Carl as he slowly paged through his thick 3-ring binder collection of his Navy history. He had a story for every picture, document, and citation. I was/am so proud of him!!!  GO CARL!!!

He will be among those veterans returning from Honor Flight at Lindberg Field Airport on Sunday Oct. 20, 2013.  See you there!!!    John Telles, Executive Officer, AG-1"

Mr. Todd will be departing BWI aboard a US Airways Charter for landing in San Diego at 2:45pm.

Family and Friends are invited to welcome back the veterans when they return to San Diego at Lindbergh Airport. There is a welcome home "ticker tape" parade as if they are just returning from the war. This includes a military band. Everyone has said this welcome home celebration is so emotional and may be broadcast on the news.

Air Group One, Family, and Friends may meet Mr. Todd at Terminal 2, Baggage Claim 1, 2, or 3.