'Flying Tiger' veteran of WWII throws first pitch at Catfish-Riverdogs clash Saturday

World War II veteran Hal Shreiner, who served as a gunner and flight engineer on a "Flying Tigers" bomber, will throw out the first pitch Saturday to mark God Bless Fort Benning Inc. Military Appreciation Night at the Columbus Catfish ball game.

Shreiner, who served in the U.S. Air Force for 27 years, was a B-25 crew member for the American forces who fought in the Chinese theater during World War II.

Jan Pease, coordinator for the event, said Shreiner's participation at the Catfish-Charleston Riverdogs game is to underscore the theme that the nation is proud of its military, the men and women in it, and all that they do to protect the country and its people.

"What better way to kick of a night of saluting some of America's finest than by inviting Mr. Shreiner to throw out the first pitch," Pease said.