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OffbeatIncredible moment USS George H.W. Bush sailors honor their vessel's namesake with flashlight vigil

15:55  06 december  2018
15:55  06 december  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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undreds of sailors gathered Wednesday night for a flashlight vigil commemorating their late naval aviator namesake, George H.W. Bush.

The US Naval Institute shared incredible footage of the observance that took place on the flight deck.

The crew members stood in formation and spelled out GHWB 41 in honor of his initials and number in the US presidential lineup.

Bush served in the Navy from 1942 to 1945 during the Second World War. He flew torpedo bombers from the USS San Jacinto during his time in active duty, according to the official website of USS George H.W. Bush.

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In September 1944, his plane was 'hit by anti-aircraft fire while making a bombing run over the Bonin Island of Chichi Jima, 600 miles south of Japan.'

He website reported: 'Although the plane was afire and severely damaged, he completed his strafing run on the targeted Japanese installation before flying towards sea to bail out.

'Mr. Bush was able to bail out successfully and was rescued by a Navy submarine, the USS Finback.

'Tragically, his two crew members were killed. For his courageous service in the Pacific Theater, Mr. Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals.'

Earlier Wednesday evening, Bush's casket arrived to the St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Texas where he will lie in repose overnight.

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The Bush was Naglak' s first assignment in the Navy. In the release, the Navy said "the loss of a shipmate is a heartbreaking experience for a crew of a Naval vessel and those aboard USS George H . W . Bush will mourn Naglak’ s passing and remember him always for his devoted service and

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The evening music included the opening notes of Hail to the Chief.

Among those greeting the motorcade were the city’s top two leaders, Democratic Mayor Sylvester Turner and Republican County Judge Ed Emmett.

Bush's body was flown by Air Force One to Houston's Ellington Air Field following a state funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

The same military aircraft, nicknamed Special Air Mission 41 in honor of the 41st president, had taken his body to Washington on Monday to lie in state at the Capitol.

Mourners gathered at the airport to pay their respects to Bush as a black hearse waited for the flag-draped casket on the tarmac.

While Bush's casket was escorted from the aircraft to the hearse, former President George W. Bush, his wife Laura, and several other family members trailed behind.

A motorcade then drove 45 minutes to St. Martin's Episcopal Church where about 1,200 mourners are expected to attend the service at the church on Thursday morning.

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