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Hundreds 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.
Crew - Members - Formation - GHWB - Honor
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.
September - Plane - Fire - Bombing - Run
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.
Bush - Navy - Submarine - USS - Finback
'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...
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