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James Robert Icenhower


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Family Information:

Parents: Eddie Alexander and Annie; Wife: Della; Children: John


DeKalb, TX

Date Entered Service:

September 17, 1942

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

India - April 1944

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:



Shanghai, Bangkok, Hankow, Mukden, Cam Rahn Bay, Singapore, Saigon, Rangoon, Nagoya, Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Omuta, Toyohashi, Kure, Takamatsu, Chiba, Sendai, Utsonomiya, Namazu


Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with 5 Bronze Battle Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, 1 Service Stripe, 3 Overseas Service Bars

Service Schools Attended:

Airplane Mechanics School--Wichita Falls, TX; Electrical Specialist--Chanute Field, IL ; Boeing Aircraft School--Seattle, WA

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 685-Airplane Electrical Mechanic, Specialist; Left Gunner

Rank Upon Discharge:

Staff Sergeant

Crew Type:


Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6360 (unnamed),42-24456 The Shrike

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

October 12, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Public School Teacher. Public School Administrator. US Postal Service Rural Carrier.

Upon separation from the Army Air Force, he attended East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce, where he majored in industrial arts and school administration, and was a charter member of Tejas Club, now Sigma Phi Epsilon. He was a teacher and school administrator in Nevada Community High School, Lufkin High School, Rosebud Junior High School, Borger High School, Fritch High School, Childress High School, and Mansfield High School.

After retirement he served as a rural mail carrier and city judge in Mansfield. He was active in the Kiwanis Club, the Gideons, Texas Retired Teachers Association, and the Mansfield Park Board. he also served as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Mansfield. He enjoyed restoring and touring in his Model A Ford and was a member of the Fort Worth, Cross Timbers, Dallas, and Autumn Trails Model A Ford clubs.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Adventure like I never imagined. Meeting great fellow servicemen. Protection of God from harm.


Mr. Icenhower passed away April 29, 2007. He is buried at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, TX.


James Icenhower


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