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Edward Saylor inducted into Enumclaw Walk of Fame

 Sgt. Edward Saylor, flight engineer, far right, with the crew of plane No. 15, “TNT.,” from left, pilot Lt. Donald Smith, co-pilot Lt. Griffith Williams, bombardier Lt. Howard Sessler and flight surgeon Lt. Thomas White.  - Courtesy photo
Sgt. Edward Saylor, flight engineer, far right, with the crew of plane No. 15, “TNT.,” from left, pilot Lt. Donald Smith, co-pilot Lt. Griffith Williams, bombardier Lt. Howard Sessler and flight surgeon Lt. Thomas White.
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A hefty plaque bearing the name of Edward Saylor will soon be added to Enumclaw’s Walk of Fame, joining a short list of the city’s highly-accomplished.

Saylor was formally inducted into the Walk of Fame during a Fourth of July ceremony at City Hall. The ceremony, presided over by Mayor Liz Reynolds and featuring comments by Al Zarb, commander of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, included Saylor receiving a ceremonial key to the city.

In 1942 Saylor was just a few years out of high school and a member of the U.S. Army when he volunteered for a secret project headed by Jimmy Doolittle. It turned out Saylor, a flight engineer, was one of 80 men who carried off the famous Doolittle Raid, an air assault on Tokyo, Japan, following in the wake of Japan’s attack on the U.S. military installment at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The raid has subsequently been well chronicled in history books and by Hollywood.

The years have taken their toll and Saylor is one of just four remaining members of the Doolittle crew.

Enumclaw’s Walk of Fame is at the corner of Griffin Avenue and First Street. Previously enshrined were NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne, professional basketball player Brian Scalabrine, photographer Bob Charlo, artist Linda Petchnick and local historian Charles Berg.

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