Thursday, July 31, 2014

Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk died Tuesday at 93.

The northeastern Pennsylvania man was like many of the Greatest Generation, called to duty in service to his country during World War II.

But Van Kirk's assignment stood out.

He trained as a navigator for the U.S. Army Air Forces and was tapped to be part of the flight team of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing upward of 166,000 citizens and devastating the city.

He was the last surviving crew member of that mission.

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor,

On July 8, I called in two prescriptions to a chain pharmacy. The next day, I picked them up.

No, I did not check the individual bags before leaving the store.

At home, I found one prescription to be incorrect. It was a drug my husband no longer uses. I called the store, but was told I was liable for the $32 since I left the store without checking, and the drug I ordered was not ready yet. Had that refill been ready, I would have known something was wrong: three instead of two.