Local Navy Pilot Meets George H. W. Bush

A year ago, we told you about Poplar Grove resident Chuck Downey, a former U.S. Navy Captain who was the youngest Naval Aviator in World War II. At last, he met the man who once held that title: George Bush.

The Youngest Naval Aviator of WWII

Poplar Grove resident Chuck Downey earned his wings as a U.S. Naval pilot when he was 18 years old, and decades later discovered he was the youngest of the war, despite a claim by President George H.W. Bush.