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Cherry veteran is subject of history fair project

Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 12:53 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 6, 2014 1:04 p.m. CDT
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Cherry Grade School fifth-grader Taytum Hahn poses with her winning history project which tells the story of Cherry native Dante Bulli, a retired U.S. Air Force pilot who is now 91 years old and living in Nebraska. Taytum's project received a superior rating at the state competition.

CHERRY — Cherry Grade School fifth-grader Taytum Hahn finished her school year with a superior rating at a state history fair with her project on a Cherry veteran.

Taytum titled her essay, “Col. Dante Bulli: Cherry’s Hometown Hero.” With Cherry Grade School closing its doors to students this year, it’s especially nice to honor Bulli who was a Cherry Grade School graduate and attended Cherry High School, Taytum said.

Taytum learned of Bulli from her grandfather, who knew Bulli personally. Taytum was able to interview Bulli, who now lives in Nebraska, by phone and also make contact with Bulli’s son, John, who helped provide information for her project. She even received a photo of Bulli from the veteran for her project.

In her essay, Taytum said Col. Bulli enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1942 and was in active duty by 1943. He fought in the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. He was a member of the Strategic Air Command for 20 years. He was trained to fly the B52 Stratofortress-C, an $8 million aircraft.

Taytum continued in her essay to tell of Bulli’s experiences and accomplishments in the Air Force, retiring in 1974 after 32 years of service and more than 10,000 hours of flying time in more than 30 aircraft.

“For me, the best part of doing this project was getting to talk with Mr. Bulli. He is a hero to me,” Taytum said.

In addition to Taytum, Cherry Grade students Payton Kerper, Kaitlynn Donovan and Madison Soldati also had history projects which qualified for state. Payton and Kaitlynn received superior ratings with Madison receiving an excellent rating.

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