That is what Lt. Cebulski and his crew did. When their plane was going down on its way home from their 32nd mission, their final act was to make sure the plane did not crash in the village of Walgrave. The note from the Walgrave Parish Council to Col. Theodore R. Melton noted the “gallant crew” remained at their posts in an effort to avoid a crash in the village. It asked the colonel to pass on the “sympathetic gratitude” of the village residents to the appropriate place in the U.S.A.
One of those places was the home of young Lt. Leo Cebulski of Georgetown, Ill. Those who wore the uniform and gave all should never be forgotten.
Donald Richter’s column appears every other week in the Commercial-News. He is a member of the Vermilion County Museum Board.