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Jim Geiger, now 97, flew 35 missions piloting a B-17 bomber during World War II. Geiger flew the missions over a 93-day period, oftentimes sleeping in the plane between missions. He is pictured on the left in the nose of the B-17 Sentimental Journey in this file photo from 2012. 

Geiger said of the missions, “God flew with us.”

Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) announced the recipients of the 2019 Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation, a unique recognition of Montana veterans who served our country and continued their service in their communities. James Geiger, formerly of Valier and now living in Conrad, is one of the 27 recipients.

Geiger is a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. 

“On this Veterans Day, I have the honor of recognizing 27 Montana veterans with the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation. They make our state a better place through their service to country and community,” said Gianforte. “On behalf of all Montanans, I thank them for their sacrifice and commitment to our communities. I also thank all of the Montanans who nominated these outstanding veterans.”

Gianforte highlighted the recipients of the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Gianforte will present all recipients with a commemorative flag flown over the U.S. Capitol on Veterans Day.

Gianforte created the annual Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation in 2017 to recognize outstanding Montana veterans who have honorably served our nation and our communities. Gianforte asked Montanans in September to nominate veterans for the award.

Since 2017, 60 veterans have received the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation.

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