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Tremonton Commissions Mural Honoring Historic 'Candy Bomber'

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The newest addition to Tremonton’s burgeoning collection of murals will pay tribute to a local man who became a national hero for his efforts to bring a little bit of joy to downtrodden people in post-World War II Germany.

The city has commissioned Nevada-based artist Erik Burke to paint a mural at 105 W. Main St. depicting Gail “Hal” Halvorsen, a U.S. Air Force pilot from Garland. Halvorsen became known as “The Candy Bomber” for dropping candy attached to mini-parachutes during the Berlin Airlift, an operation by Allied forces to deliver supplies through the air to the people of West Berlin, Germany in 1948 and 1949 while the Soviet Union had blocked other means of access into the city. Read the rest on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.