Candy Bomber funeral: Gail Halvorsen buried in Provo, Utah

Gail Halvorsen, a Utah resident who during World War II started a legacy of generosity and kindness by dropping candy on the war-torn streets of East Germany, was laid to rest Tuesday at the Provo City Cemetery.

The more than 21 tons of candy that Halvorsen and his fellow Air Force pilots parachuted to children earned him the nickname “Berlin Candy Bomber”, both in his home state of Utah and in Germany.

Halvorsen died Thursday at the age of 101. He was born in the small farming community of Garland, where he helped grow sugar beets and dreamed of flying. A scholarship from what is now the Federal Aviation Administration gave him a chance to become a pilot, and when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and America entered World War II, Halvorsen joined the United States Army Air Force. Body as an airman.

For the rest of his life, he continued to be involved in humanitarian causes, including candy and toy drops across America and countries around the world. He has participated in relief efforts in Bosnia, Albania, Kosovo, Japan, Guam, Iraq and the Micronesian Islands.

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