Tester statement on the passing of Gen. Mayhew ‘Bo’ Foster
(FORT BELKNAP, Mont.) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after learning of the passing of Brigadier General Mayhew “Bo” Foster. Gen. Foster, 99, a recipient of the Silver Star for valor, also earned the French Legion of Honor medal for his World War II service.
“Montana and America will always be blessed because of people like General Foster. Sharla and I join all Montanans in praying for the general and his family, and always remembering him as a hero. General Foster dedicated his entire life to defending our freedom, and his service and bravery will never be forgotten.”
In 1945, Gen. Foster transported Nazi leader Hermann Goering from Austria to Germany where Goering was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg Trials.
Gen. Foster also served on the Western Montana State Veterans’ Cemetery Committee. In 2007, Tester worked with the committee to get the VA to break the bureaucratic logjam and approve plans for the Missoula cemetery.
Tester is a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.