Aaron Boxer, Arts ’43, Law ’48; Bob Birmingham, Sr., Bus Ad ’50; and Don O’Reilly, Eng ’58; were among eight World War II veterans of the 2nd Air Division, 8th Air Force, who gathered for a reunion in Norwich, England, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy. They realized they shared a second connection — Marquette — because one of them thought to wear a Marquette sweatshirt. “We gravitated to each other,” Boxer says. Boxer flew 35 bombing missions and earned seven air medals and five battle stars. Birmingham, a nose gunner, was a member of a crew of 10 that had to bail out over Sweden. O’Reilly was military police in England.
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