Veteran's Day Profile: Larry Emlet

On this Veteran's Day, we'd like to honor one of our outstanding Phi Sig alums and thank him for his service for so many years. AFROTC commission Larry at graduation. He went on active duty immediately afterwards and was trained as a pilot. After active duty, he spent a career with Merck and Co. in management in the pharmaceutical division. Larry has six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Here is a little bit more about Larry Emlet Class of '56, a Cold War Veteran, and a proud brother of our Rho Deuteron Chapter. 

 

Larry Emlet - Class of 1956

North American B-25 bomber.

Reese Air Force Base  Lubbock, TX  1957

 

A few other stories from Larry directly:

 

"I flew the B-25 bomber. My commanding officer was Travis Hoover, the pilot of the second aircraft off the Hornet following Jimmy Doolittle on the raid on Tokyo. One of the B-25s that I flew at Reese AFB at Lubbock Texas has been restored and is flying out of Reading, PA at the Mid Atlantic Air Museum. I have been there to visit that old friend. They would not let me fly it again. I flew a lot of aircraft after the B-25. After leaving the Air Force, I flew with the PA National Guard for 9 years, where I added helicopters to my repertoire. Flying has always been a joy for me, wish I could still do it!

The B-25 was used as a multi engine training plane through the 50s. There was nothing heroic about flying it, although it took physical strength, no power assist to the controls, the heroics had been done earlier. In flight school, I had the choice of training in bombers or jet single engines. I chose bombers because of their complexity and size. Fortunately after being harassed by my tiger buddies for choosing propeller over jet, my next assignment provided only single engine jets in which I checked out in 10 flying hours of instruction. My next assignment where my harassing jet buddies joined me, provided only multi engine props, so guess who became their instructor? Me! Took them 50 hours to check out. Revenge was very sweet! I never flew in combat, and was no hero. I did have two older brothers who both flew combat over Germany in WW 2 and were heroic in my eyes and the reason that I went the route that I did.

If you have not seen the movie 30 Seconds over Tokyo, it is a romantic but fairly accurate story of the Raid. Try to find it. I was fortunate to hear the accurate story from Travis Hoover (now deceased) who experienced it. As a few months ago I heard that there only three Tokyo Raid participants still living, so there will be no more reunions. There is a lot of info about the raid online. I have been to the Air Force museum in Dayton. It's worth a visit. Actually Travis Hoover's flight jacket is on display there.

General Stan Musser '58 was a cadet in my ROTC flight at Gburg, which l commanded my senior year. Later as a pilot with the Air Force Thunderbirds he returned to Gburg when they did a flyover. Not able to land at Gburg, I as a National Guard pilot got to fly him and the other pilots to Gburg airport from Olmsted AFB in Harrisburg and back. It was good to think that one of " my cadets" later became a major general in the USAF."