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Avalanche Pays Tribute to War Veterans

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club honored four distinguished U.S. war veterans prior to its game with the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night in advance of Veterans Day on November 11.

The Avalanche introduced four US World War II veterans, representing each of the two theaters of operation.
  • Ed Tipper - D-Day veteran and member of 101st Airborne Division, 506th Easy Company, an original member of the "Band of Brothers"
  • Bill Brunger - Served with the 75th Infantry Division at the Battle of the Bulge
  • James Blaine - Served with the 4th Marines Division that was in the first wave of units to land at Iwo Jima
  • Robert Lowe - Served with the 6th Marines Division and is a veteran of battles at Guam, Saipan and Okinawa

Also in attendance:

  • Elmer "Lucky" McGinty - Served with the Mighty 8th Air Force in England. Lucky participated in 29 missions over Nazi Europe as a B-17 waist gunner
  • Rigney Sackley Jr. - Served with the Mighty 8th Air Force
  • Joe Paine - Served with the US Navy during the battles of Iwo Jima, Guam and Okinawa

The veterans' appearance was sponsored by The Greatest Generations Foundation ( a local non-profit educational organization whose mission is to raise funds so that veterans can revisit their battlefields and to educate individuals on the contributions of men and women who were part of The Greatest Generations.

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