Military veterans honored by C.R. England

C.R. England added six drivers to its Honored Veterans Fleet and recognized World War II-era veteran Col. Gail S. Halvorsen, “The Berlin Candy Bomber,” as the first recipient of the C.R. England Honored Veteran Award. Pictured left to right: Katie Freisen, Senior Director of Global Distribution and Transportation for The Hersey Company; drivers Mark Evans, Robert St. John, and Brian Walk; Dan England, C.R England Chairman; Halvorsen; Gene England, C.R. England President Emeritus; and drivers Tim Williams, Leland Boyles and Dennis Hallowell. (PRNewsFoto/C.R. England, Inc.)C.R. England added six drivers to its Honored Veterans Fleet and recognized World War II-era veteran Col. Gail S. Halvorsen, “The Berlin Candy Bomber,” as the first recipient of the C.R. England Honored Veteran Award. Pictured left to right: Katie Freisen, Senior Director of Global Distribution and Transportation for The Hersey Company; drivers Mark Evans, Robert St. John, and Brian Walk; Dan England, C.R England Chairman; Halvorsen; Gene England, C.R. England President Emeritus; and drivers Tim Williams, Leland Boyles and Dennis Hallowell. (PRNewsFoto/C.R. England, Inc.)

Six C.R. England military veteran truck drivers have been named the newest members of the company’s Honored Veterans Fleet.

Mark Evans, 23-year Air Force veteran; Leland Boyles, 10-year Army veteran; Bryan Walk, 8-year Navy veteran; Dennis Hallowell, 7-year Marine Corps veteran; Timothy Williams, 4-year Navy veteran; and Robert St. John, 4-year Marine Corps veteran, were named to the Honored Veterans Fleet.

CR England Veterans TruckThe company also awarded the first C.R. England Honored Veteran Award to retired Col. Gail S. Halvorsen who, after World War II, flew in the Berlin Airlift in which American and British pilots delivered more than two million tons of supplies to the city as part of Operation Vittles. Halvorsen founded Operation Little Vittles to airdrop candy to children during the operation, earning him the nickname of the “Candy Bomber,” “Uncle Wiggly Wings,” and the “Chocolate Pilot.”

Hershey provided much of the candy dropped during Operation Little Vittles, so a company representative was on hand during the event to give the new Honored Veterans Fleet drivers Hershey candy bars.

Company Chairman Dan England said the Honored Veteran Award will be presented to current or past members of the military “recognizing extraordinary service to the country.”

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