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2018 American Red Cross heroes: Military

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Herbert Schneider was the oldest of three and went on to college, studying business at Drexel University. He graduated in June 1940.

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Herbert Schneider was the oldest of three and went on to college, studying business at Drexel University. He graduated in June 1940.
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12495/7355954?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Thu, 10 May 2018 21:39:43 +0000 2018 American Red Cross heroes: Military Herbert Schneider was the oldest of three and went on to college, studying business at Drexel University. He graduated in June 1940. http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12495/7355954?cpt=8&wpid=2637 WFMZ Allentown, PA wfmz's karin mallett emceed the event... and >>>wendy davis: for the past few nights... we've been sharing the stories of this year's winners. >>rob vaughn: tonight...karin mallett introduces us to a man who made it his mission to serve others. >>>reporter: her shores offer freedom, opportunity, the chance at a better life. more than 2 million eastern european immigrants saw these shores for the first time in the early 1900s searching for religious freedom. families looking to provide and prosper went to work. herbert schneider's parents among them. in 1923, they moved their young family from the bronx to reading, pennsylvania. herbert was the oldest of three and went on to college, studying business at drexel university. he graduated in june of 1940. >>>herbert schneider: i applied to the marine corps. there was no draft that that time. i flunked the eye test. i didn't have 20/20 vision so they didn't accept me. thank goodness or i wouldn't be there today. a second lieutenant lasted in the south pacific about a half hour. >>>reporter: he got a job in macy's back in new york instead and went to work in the big apple but it wasn't long before the military came calling. >>>herbert: in july of 41, 1941, i was called for the draft. that's how i got into the army. my number came up. july of 41. >>>reporter: we were in the midst of world war ii. nazi germany had just invaded the soviet union. it was before the bombing of pearl harbor. here at home, herbert was sent to officers candidate school, aviation ordnance where for 13 weeks he learned about fuses for bombs and pyrotechnics. the 351st bomb group was being formed out in spokane, washington, herbert was assigned to it and moved around the us, training and waiting to head out to war. >>>herbert: we weren't suppsoed to know where we were going but clark gable was in our unit and my mother had sent me an article that clark gable had arrived in england so we knew.. ha ha big secret. >>>reporter: they landed in polebrook, england, where the rothschild estate became an airport for big bombers... herbert was a first lieutenant in charge of the men who loaded bombs and ammunition onto the ?17s. the flying fortress.. they were bombing germany and france. >>>herbert: we flew 52 missions without a loss now that included schweinfurt, 60 planes were shot down over schweinfurt, that's an amazing feat. >>>reporter: august 17th, 1943, it was an ambitious plan to cripple the german aircraft industry... we lost 600 men in one raid. >>>herbert: you know you're going to have casualties and you're just hoping it's not somebody you know, they were the real heroes. >>>bring music in here >>>herbert: every once in awhile you recall something that happened yeah.. >>>reporter: like the day herbert's crew was bombing up the patty anne second for an early morning mission. it was going as planned until one of the bombs fell as it was being hoisted into place. it was attached to a cable and on its way down the bomb bay the cable caught the fin of another bomb... it was now dangling out of the fortress. >>>herbert: the fuse was about half an inch from the from the tarmac. otherwise it would have killed everyone who was loading. >>>reporter: they ran for the trenches and bunkers. two men headed to herbert's office and when he heard what happened, he led them back to the b17 and with a flashlight crawled inside the bomber. for 45 minutes, he worked on the bomb, putting the small safety blocks that had fallen out of the fuse back in. if it had slipped while he was working on it, that would have been the end. without any hesitation, he bravely saved not only his own life.. but the lives of all those men. >>>herbert: i was so happy. it was a thrill that i could do it. that it had stopped, it just amazes me even now. >>music for a few beats >>>reporter: herbert went back to his office that day.. and the days after. the story of how he put that bomb back together spread.. he was later awarded the soldier's medal for bravery. in november of 1945, he was discharged from the army but it was not the end of his military service. he was married in 47.. and joined the 148th fighter squadron in pennsylvania's air national guard. he went on to serve in the korean war. >>>bring music in >>>herbert: happy to be alive, yeah.. yeah. >>>reporter: this december, herbert celebrated 100 years... a centenarian celebrating his life and all those moments that make it worth living. a true american hero, herbert schneider, red




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