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Eugene Rutherford
 
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Family Information:   Wife: Eleanor; Children: Lynne, John
 
Hometown:   Omaha, NE
 
Date Entered Service:   June, 1942
 
Service Number:   O-683591
 
Bomb Group:   468th
 
Squadron:   795th
 
Location of Unit:   Salina, Kansas; Jan 1944
 
Missions Flown:    
 
Hump Missions Flown:    
 
Targets:   Nagasaki, Omura, Bangkok, Singapore, Formosa, Palembang, Sumatra
 
Awards/Decorations:   Unit Citatation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, POW Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Battle Stars, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal
 
Service Schools Attended:   Pilot training Sep 1942-Jun1943; B-29 Flight Engineer training Jun-Sep 1943; Aircraft Maintenance Officer training June 1945-Feb 1946
 
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 1028-Aircraft Observer, Flight Engineer (VHB), Pilot/Aircraft Maintenance Officer - B-25
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   Capt./Lt. Col. (Res.)
 
Crew Type:   Flight crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-6365 General H.H. Arnold Special
 
Were you a POW?   Yes
If so, where?   Siberia
 
Were you interned?   Yes
If so, where?   The Defense Dept. declared that hardships in Siberia were so severe during WWII that all 500 internees were cut orders declaring us POWs and we were sent POW Medals 24 Aug 1995.
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:   June, 1945
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:   June 23, 1947
 
Post-WWII Military Service:
Left active duty June 1947. Stayed in Air Force Reserves. Retired from Reserves August 1, 1967.
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
IBM Field Engineer computers June 1947 till Spring 1965. Took early retirement by choice to join MAI Corp. Joined MAI Corp. as Field Engineer Spring 1965. Became Manager/Oakland, CA. 1966-became Manager/San Francisco, CA. 1979-Area Manager Central & Northern, CA. Retired 1982.
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
I have always been very proud of being small part in such a distinguished Wing and Bomb Group. The Wing won two Unit Citations. The 468th Bomb Group was the best of the four groups three times in a row. I could not have had better training for civilian life.
 
Comments:
In civilian life I worked for two different companies, IBM, a very powerful company; and then, the MAI Corporation, which was not as pwerful, but a delightful company to work for. I certainly had no complaints as they were good companies; however, I never saw the powerful leaders in these companies that we had in the 58th Bomb Wing: Gen. Wolfe, Gen. LeMay, - Col. Henry Sullivan, Col. Blanchard, Col. Carmichael - all became generals - powerful, powerful men. I never saw a civilian leader anywhere near the caliber of these men.

 


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