I can't think of a better way to start SPARTY WEEK 2009 than with a birthday party for Michigan legend Tom Harmon.
Today would have been Harmon's 90th birthday. Rather than recall his success on the football field where he had more yardage and touchdowns than Red Grange AND got a standing ovation from the buckeye fans in the horseshoe - I want to remember the service to his country.
After winning the Heisman, playing pro football and making movies... Harmon enlisted in the Army Air Corps at the start of World War II as a pilot. He flew P-38s and B-25s and was twice reported missing: once in South America in the jungles of French Guiana where he survived for four days in swamps and forests before being rescued by natives and once in the mountains of China after failing to return from an attack on a Japanese-controlled port along the Yangtze River. He pretended to be dead and then was smuggled to safety by Chinese friendlies.
Happy Birthday Ole 98!!