Pacific Premier Teams Up with the Anaheim Ducks to Salute Veterans
The Anaheim Ducks honor military members and veterans during their home games. The "Salute to Those Who Serve" presented by Pacific Premier Bank paid homage to all military servicemen and women in attendance. The event included a special tribute to 96-year-old Staff Sergeant Mario Lobue, who served in the US Army during World War II.
During the war, SSgt Lobue was stationed in England and served as a radio operator and gunner on a B-17 bomber named the “Virgin Sturgeon.” When his B-17 collided with another aircraft during a mission in Germany, he and his crew had to bail out and parachute onto a local farmer’s field.
As the story goes, the local townspeople went after the crewmembers but a passing German soldier stopped the townspeople and instead took the crew to a prison camp for Allied airmen in Barth, Germany. The Virgin Spurgeon crew spent a little over a year in the camp, from February 1944 to May 1945, and were later liberated by the Russian Army.
SSgt Lobue received many accolades for his service and good conduct as a Prisoner of War. In a heartfelt moment, the Ducks honored him at a game for his service, to which he received a standing ovation as he stood alongside his family members. “You, sir, are a true American hero,” the announcer said.
As the Official Business Bank of the Anaheim Ducks, Pacific Premier takes pride in the communities where we work, do business, and live, supporting local community organizations but not forgetting those who serve our great nation. Thank you to all who are serving and who have served.
Story Source: Anaheim Ducks