By John R. Harris and George N. Gitcho
On 27 July 2007, thirty-two Marine and Navy Officers received their "Wings of Gold" at the Naval Aviation Training Center, Pensacola, Florida. Among the newly designated Aviators was Marine First Lieutenant Eileen Donovan. Her wings were pinned on by her proud parents Pat and Beba Donovan. The wings that she received were once worn by Colonel Eugene Brady, USMC (Ret).
Lt. Colonel Brady commanded the famed Purple
Foxes of HMM-364, flying the CH-46's in Vietnam
during some of that conflict's heaviest
combat operations in 1968-69. Gene was awarded
the Navy Cross for conspicuous gallantry flying CH-46's
in support of Marine ground operations.
As a tribute to Gene's leadership, he is
still revered by the men he led and
is fondly referred to as “Papa Fox.” Colonel Brady was recently
inducted into the elite Pioneer Naval Aviators Association “The Golden
From left: Pat, Sr., Daniel, Eileen, Beba and Pat, Jr. Two other
brothers who very much wanted to be present were Brian and Tom.
Joseph P. "Pat" Donovan's History Index
Eugene R. "Papa Fox" Brady's History Index
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