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UNOFFICIAL COPY AS OF 01/10/13 12 REG. SESS. 12 RS BR 817

A RESOLUTION nominating Staff Sergeant George Elmer Larkin, Jr. to the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame.

WHEREAS, George E. Larkin, Jr. was born on November 26, 1918, in Colesburg, Kentucky in Hardin County; and

WHEREAS, Sgt. Larkin attended New Haven High School, where he played football; and

WHEREAS, after high school, Sgt. Larkin worked at grocery stores in Elizabethtown and Bardstown before joining the army in 1939 on his 21st birthday; and

WHEREAS, after Sgt. Larkin graduated from airplane mechanic's school, he was assigned to the 89th Reconnaissance Squadron, McChord Field, Washington; and

WHEREAS, Sgt. Larkin was an engineer-gunner on plane #10 during the April 18th, 1942 "Doolittle Raid" on Tokyo; and

WHEREAS, for his service, Sgt. Larkin was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and awarded a Chinese Army, Navy, and Air Corps Medal from the Chinese Government; and

WHEREAS, following the Doolittle Raid, Sgt. Larkin was recognized by the Commonwealth for being the first Kentuckian to bomb an enemy capital and was awarded a $100 war bond; and

WHEREAS, after the Doolittle Raid, Sgt. Larkin remained in the China-Burma-India Theater and was killed in action on October 18, 1942, when his B-25 exploded in flight near Assam, India while assigned to the 11th Bomber Squadron; and

WHEREAS, in 1983, the Kentucky Historical Society erected a marker in Sgt. Larkin's honor at the Hardin County courthouse in Elizabethtown, Kentucky; and

WHEREAS, on July 19, 1986, an air terminal was named at Fort Hood, Texas in honor of Sgt. George E. Larkin, Jr.;

NOW, THEREFORE,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

Section 1. The members of the House of Representatives collectively salute the heroic life and memory of Sgt. George E. Larkin, Jr. by nominating him to the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame.

Section 2. The Clerk of the House of Representatives shall forward a copy of this Resolution to Dr. George Gumbert, Kentucky Aviation Museum, 4029 Airport Road, Lexington, Kentucky 40510-9681.

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