Veteran honored at Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum Veteran's Day
y: Amanda Hill Bond
8th Air Force veteran and Pickett County Care and Rehabilitation resident, Murray Schrier was honored with an award presentation and tour at the Mighty Eighth Air Force museum this past Veterans Day.
Back in June while the nursing home residents were kayaking at Alvin C York, Murray said that he had a trip in mind and wanted to go to the Air Force Museum in Savannah, GA that his daughter and son in law had just visited.
According to Pickett County Care and Rehab Social Service Director Mechelle Beaty and Quality of Life Director Angie McCallister, Murray had mentioned in the past that he had been in the Air Force and what he had been a part of in WWII but they really didn’t know exactly how big a role he had played until they started researching the museum.
Once it was learned that the group and division he was a part of in the Air Force was displayed and featured at the museum, it was then decided that Murray deserved the chance to go on his dream trip. Fundraisers were quickly started and plans underway to honor this American hero.
Mr. Murray Schrier was an Armorer-Gunner and was part of the Flying Fortress B-17 bomber crew from 1943 to 1945.
He and his crewmates survived 29 missions during WWII into enemy territory in Europe and Africa while battling a large number of German fighter planes. His squad was known as the “Bloody 100th Bomb Squad” because they had the most casualties in their whole unit.
He was honorably discharged in 1945 and his awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, five Oak Leaf Clusters, European, African, Middle Eastern Service medals and Good Conduct Medal.
He is originally from New York but raised his family in West Palm Beach, Florida where he was a successful businessman.
After the passing of his wife in October 2002, he moved to Tennessee with his daughter and eventually found his way to Byrdstown.
At age 87, an American hero got to get the experience of a lifetime thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Pickett County Care & Rehab staff and the Hull York Chapter 5 DAV and DAVA who held many fundraisers to cover the cost of the trip.
While visiting the museum, Murray donated memorobilila from his experience in the war including a map of all the missions and a photo of his crew with the Nelson King Flying Fortress B-17. He later received a letter from the museum notifiying him that he will have a special displayed section honoring him along with his donations.
For those of you who would like to learn more about the role Murray played in our nation’s history, just look up Flying Fortress, or Bloody 100th Bomb Squad D and the Mighty Eighth Air Force museum.