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USAF PJ Searches for Child Rescued During Hurricane Katrina:

The U.S. airman was with an elite Air Force pararescue unit when he helped hoist her to safety from her family’s destroyed home in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. The storm had roared ashore in Louisiana on Aug. 29, and the little girl’s family was still waiting for help about a week later, as the flood waters slowly receded.

Maroney, now 40, had spent more the last week rappelling repeatedly from an MH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter into devastation around New Orleans, trying to help whoever he could. Some people were beyond saving. Then there was the small girl, perhaps 5, who threw her arms around him at New Orleans International Airport after he and his fellow airmen dropped off her and her family members unscathed.

Mike Maroney and the search to find out what happened to his friend (pictured above) have been featured by People magazine, the Air Force Times, and the Washington Post, among others. If you have any clues, pass them along to us here at or twitter me @BKactual.

RIP: Lt. Colonel Robert Hite, Tokyo Doolittle Raider, passes away at age 95

Hite was among 80 men aboard 16 B-25 bombers whose mission was to strike Japan in April 1942. While the attack inflicted only scattered damage, it was credited with boosting American morale while shaking Japan’s confidence and prompting strategy shifts less than five months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Eight Raiders were captured and three were executed; one more died in captivity and three others were killed after crash-landing or ditching at sea. Hite was among the Japanese captives and was imprisoned for 40 months.