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Bleckley Lounge Dedication/ Signatures Lounge Renamed
January 18, 2019 @ 4:00 PM
Erwin Bleckley is not only an Air Force hero but a legacy in Wichita and the state of Kansas. Bleckley, Wichita’s only aviation Medal of Honor recipient, exhibited exceptional courage and selflessness a century ago in World War I. Bleckley, an aerial observer, and gunner, together with pilot Harold Goettler, went well beyond the call of duty and paid with their lives to locate and resupply a besieged American infantry unit. The ‘Lost Battalion’, surrounded and cut off for five days by enemy forces, was being depleted in Soldiers’ lives, ammo, water, food, and medical supplies. The urgency to find and relieve them was the only priority on Oct. 6, 1918, for Bleckley and Goettler’s unit – the 50th Aero Squadron.
What makes Erwin Bleckley special was not just what he did, but who he was that led him to display virtues such as duty first and self-sacrifice. He deserves to be remembered and his life, service, and sacrifice taught and preserved. On Friday, 18 January 2019 the McConnell Signatures Lounge in the Dole Community Center will be renamed to the Bleckley Lounge in honor of Erwin Bleckley and all he has done. So join us on Friday at 1600 as we dedicate and rename the area to this beloved hero.
Read more about Erwin Bleckley by visiting https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Museum-Exhibits/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/196834/lt-erwin-r-bleckley/.