Cherry Point general pilots a piece of history

Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 06:50 PM.

George Louis Bartlett, who retired as a brigadier general from the Marine Corps, was an original crew member of a B-25, coming to Cherry Point in 1944 as a forward gunner and bombardier.

“I lived in the barracks here on the base when I was here,” said the 89 year-old.

He still enjoys the B-25.

“It’s a little tougher to climb up into, but it’s fantastic,” Bartlett said. “It’s a great plane. For the last 10 years I’ve been going to air shows with them. They take me along to tell old war stories, some of which are even true.”

Bartlett said he loves coming back to Cherry Point.

“It’s been a great base and I always enjoy coming down here,” he said. “It’s a good Marine attitude here. Everybody does a good job and we have a lot of fun.”

He said the base hardly resembles the one in the 1940s.

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