Last week the Sun did a feature story on Northsider Gene Tolley and his upcoming trip to the nation’s capital to honor his World War II service. For 22 years, Tolley was head of Boy Scouts in central Mississippi. He built the 1,300-acre Hood Scout Reservation that has been enjoyed by thousands of Scouts. His wife Mary and he live in Madison, and he has four children, all Northsiders.
Tolley saw action in the Pacific as chief of a dive bomber. His plane was the first to land on Luzon after it was secure.