Pat Derry is seated at a table, reading Fred’s citations.
“Listen to this,” says Pat to Hortense. “Sit down.”
Pat reads the citation:
“Headquarters, 8th Air Force – Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross“
“Um, here…” continues Pat.
“Despite intense pain, shock and loss of blood, with complete disregard of his personal safety, Captain Derry crawled back to his bombsight, guided his formation on a perfect run over the objective and released his bombs with great accuracy.“
“The heroism, devotion to duty, professional skill and coolness under fire displayed by Captain Derry, under the most difficult conditions, reflect highest credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.“
“By command of Lieutenant General Doolittle.“
Pat removes his reading glasses.