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    "I'm Nobody Special" (Vet at Air Show)

    Today at the air show, we had just settled down our blanket, chairs, cooler, etc, when an old man came over and asked, "Do you mind if I sit here with you?" I looked at this man in a flight suit with Marine Corps patches on it and said, "of course" and helped him set up. He told me he was 94 years old and was disappointed that he was only able to run/walk SIXTEEN miles of the NY Marathon.last year. He said, "I ran 16 then got a cab." This man went on to tell me about flying Panther Jets in Korea, helped train Ted Williams and John Glenn to fly and flew more than a 100 combat missions. Here's an article I found on him.
    Jonathan de Sola Mendes

    LIZ KRUEGER
    May 18, 2012


    Colonel

    Colonel Jonathan de Sola Mendes

    Award: Honoring Our Veterans

    Year: 2012

    Colonel Jonathan de Sola Mendes has led both a military career and life of admirable accomplishment. Immediately following graduation from Dartmouth College in May of 1943, Colonel Jonathan de Sola Mendes volunteered for naval flight training. By September of 1943, then as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, Colonel Mendes was sent to Wallis Island for five months and then to Engebi Island. After 13 months in the Pacific and having fl own over 100 missions, Colonel Mendes received two Air Medals for his service overseas.

    After returning to the U.S. in October of 1944, Colonel Mendes received formal Marine Corps training by attending and graduating from Marine-Air Infantry School at Quantico, Virginia. Colonel Mendes was released from active duty in the Autumn of 1945. He then enrolled in Harvard Business School in February of 1946 during which time he continued to fl y with in the Marine Reserves on weekends. After graduation he transferred to VMF-132 at NAS, Brooklyn where he continued to pilot F6F Hellcats.

    In September of 1951, VMF-132 was activated for the Korean War, and by then a Major, Colonel Mendes spent the next year as operations offi cer of VMFT-20, the fighter refresher training and jet checkout squadron at MCAS, Cherry Point where both Major John Glenn and Captain Ted Williams went through training. In February 1953, Colonel Mendes joined them in BMF-311, MAG-33, Flying F9F Panther jets in K-3, Pohang, Korea.

    During his time in Pohang, Colonel Mendes fl ew 70 missions including leading the last Marine Corps mission of the war. He was awarded an additional 8 Air Medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross.

    After the Korean War, Colonel Mendes rejoined his old Reserve squadron, and in time became commanding officer. From 1958 to 1973 Colonel Mendes served as a staff officer before retiring as a Colonel with 30 years of continuous service.

    Colonel Mendes has continued to be an active member of his community, and in 2010 was the oldest entrant in the New York City Marathon.

    Here's part of another article - where he was arrested for beating his father-in-law to death..........yeah, pretty shocking......that was in 1988, but he was honored by the state senate in 2010 and I can't find the outcome of that arrest/case.

    As a pilot in the Marine Air Division in World War II and the Korean War, Mr. Mendes was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with eight gold stars.

    A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Mr. Mendes later became a financial consultant, and played a key role in the merger of the Xerox Corporation and C.I.T. Financial Corporation in 1968. He is the grandnephew of Rabbi H. Pereira Mendes and Rabbi Frederic de Sola Mendes, who were prominent New York spiritual leaders in the first half of this century.


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    "The Open Carry guy is my decoy."

    #2
    You do keep some good company Dan.

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      #3
      HOOAH Marine, BZ for making another Marine feel welcomed.

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        #4
        Nice story Dan ..... Happy Mermorial day πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
        There are two types of people in this world. People that think the Goverment is looking out for their best interest and people that just think !

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          #5
          Dan, thanks for sharing!! The Colonel is a leader amongst men! Ooooraah Marine!!

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            #6
            That's awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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              #7
              nice , you never know who you will run into to , good story

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                #8
                Just for the record, he spilled a Bud Light in his lap and joked with me about people thinking he wet his 'pants'. I said, "You're 94, people expect you to wet your pants" and he belly-laughed.
                I kept calling him Colonel and he said, "We're friends now, you call me Jon." I said, "OK Colonel."
                "The Open Carry guy is my decoy."

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                • Huntington Guy
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                  Almost better than the initial post...almost. πŸ‘

                #9
                Awesome tale. Thanks for posting it, as well as all of the support info. You sat in a lucky spot for sure. What an honor that was.

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                  Apparently this is not a guy to mess with. Sorry Dan I just went looking for info on this guy.

                  The age lines up.



                  Retired Ad Executive Died of Strangulation

                  Published: January 1, 1988


                  A 77-year-old retired advertising executive who was found slain in his Park Avenue apartment Tuesday died of strangulation and ''blunt-force trauma'' to his head, face, chest and abdomen, according to autopsy results released yesterday.

                  A spokeswoman for the New York City Chief Medical Examiner's office, Ellen Borakove, said the retired executive John M. Goodwillie, had also suffered internal injuries.

                  Mr. Goodwillie's son-in-law, Jonathan de Sola Mendes, 65, has been charged with manslaughter in the case. The police had said initially that Mr. Mendes appeared to have punched the victim to death in an argument over ownership of about 100 rare books.

                  Mr. Goodwillie and Mr. Mendes had been engaged in a bitter legal battle over the estate of Mr. Goodwillie's third wife, the former Muriel Rosenbluth, who died in 1984. Mrs. Goodwillie's daughter, the former Mary Ellen Rosenbluth, is married to Mr. Mendes.

                  But the dispute was recently settled after Mr. Goodwillie agreed to move out of the seven-room cooperative apartment at 1185 Park Avenue in exchange for a $220,000 cash payment and $30,000 a year the rest of his life from Mrs. Mendes and her family.
                  http://www.nytimes.com/1988/01/01/ny...ngulation.html
                  Last edited by OH UNCLE PAUL; 05-28-2016, 09:34 PM.
                  The escape is complete. The inventor of Hawk fishing. (soon to be seen on ESPN 8 the Ocho)

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                  • Aquabach
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                    So you're saying you shouldn't fuck with a Marine?
                    Who knew?

                  • Mad Russian
                    Mad Russian commented
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                    He probably deserved being beaten to death, many people do...

                  • Dan 0351
                    Dan 0351 commented
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                    Yeah, I saw this and another article about it and put it in my 1st post, but couldn't find the outcome of the arrest - then the state senate honored him ~12 years later.....
                    Last edited by Dan 0351; 05-29-2016, 05:55 AM.

                  #11
                  Originally posted by OH UNCLE PAUL View Post

                  Apparently this is not a guy to mess with. Sorry Dan I just went looking for info on this guy.

                  The age lines up.



                  Retired Ad Executive Died of Strangulation

                  Published: January 1, 1988


                  A 77-year-old retired advertising executive who was found slain in his Park Avenue apartment Tuesday died of strangulation and ''blunt-force trauma'' to his head, face, chest and abdomen, according to autopsy results released yesterday.

                  A spokeswoman for the New York City Chief Medical Examiner's office, Ellen Borakove, said the retired executive John M. Goodwillie, had also suffered internal injuries.

                  Mr. Goodwillie's son-in-law, Jonathan de Sola Mendes, 65, has been charged with manslaughter in the case. The police had said initially that Mr. Mendes appeared to have punched the victim to death in an argument over ownership of about 100 rare books.

                  Mr. Goodwillie and Mr. Mendes had been engaged in a bitter legal battle over the estate of Mr. Goodwillie's third wife, the former Muriel Rosenbluth, who died in 1984. Mrs. Goodwillie's daughter, the former Mary Ellen Rosenbluth, is married to Mr. Mendes.

                  But the dispute was recently settled after Mr. Goodwillie agreed to move out of the seven-room cooperative apartment at 1185 Park Avenue in exchange for a $220,000 cash payment and $30,000 a year the rest of his life from Mrs. Mendes and her family.
                  http://www.nytimes.com/1988/01/01/ny...ngulation.html
                  Saved money on that one... and yes, Fuck with a Marine? He chose....poorly

                  Take a young person shooting.... Take 2 or more if you can...

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                    #12
                    Originally posted by Southshorerob View Post
                    Nice story Dan ..... Happy Mermorial day πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
                    I "Googled" the Colonel to learn about the disposition of the charges against him.

                    Many Google "images" came up including the below.

                    LIGC sure is moving up in the world fast!

                    https://www.google.com/search?q=Jonathan+de+Sola+Mendes+charged&biw=1280& bih=597&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjl3Yu qrYDNAhWCbR4KHd09BRE4ChD8BQgIKAM




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