BGN Paul Tibbets, USAF (Ret.)
23 February 1915 – 1 November 2007

Drew what may be the hardest single assignment in the history of warfare. As a 30-year-old Colonel in the Air Corps, he piloted the Enola Gay (named for his mother) on 6 August 1945 on its historic bombing run over Hiroshima.

Quote: “I’m not proud that I killed 80,000 people, but I’m proud that I was able to start with nothing, plan it and have it work as perfectly as it did . . . You’ve got to take stock and assess the situation at that time. We were at war. … You use anything at your disposal . . . I sleep clearly every night.”

According to reports, General Tibbets requested no funeral and no marker out of fear that his last resting place might become a protest site.

Rest in Peace.