New England Air Museum
Milford W. Rickard
Recent Address:   18 Haven View Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141-7902
Family Information:   Parents: Vincent and Frances; Wife: Jennie; Children: Patricia, Dennis; Sibling: Daniel
Hometown:   St. Louis, MO
Date Entered Service:   Aug 1942
Service Number:   01282007/ 39377925
Bomb Group:   444th Bomb Group/ 87th ASG (supports the 444th Bomb Group)
Location of Unit:   Dudkundi, India; Dec 1944
Missions Flown:    
Hump Missions Flown:    
Awards/Decorations:   Bronze Star, 4 Battle Stars.
Service Schools Attended:   Finance OCS - Duke University, Durham, NC Feb-Jun 1944; ;
Military Specialty(ies):   Finance Officer Disbursing, Staff Finance Officer
Rank Upon Discharge:   Capt.(1945) / Col. (1972)
Crew Type:    
Airplane Serial No.& Name:    
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:    
Date Discharged from the 58th:   Sep 1944
Post-WWII Military Service:
Promoted to Captain in Dec . 1945. Assigned to Staff Finance Office HQ 20th Air Force in Guam. Mobilization Assignment - Reserve - DCSLOG Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Retired as Colonel, U.S. Army.
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Budget Director, Army Aviation Systems Command, St. Louis, Mo.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Always proud to be a part of the 58th Bomb Wing and 20th Air Force, one of most effective crews in the military.
When assigned at Guam 20th AF HQ, Mr. John J. McCloy, Assistant Secretary of War, was on a global tour to study deployment of troops after the Japanese surrender. Mr. McCloy was on the personnel plane (C-54) with his own staff and crew.

He decided, while at Guam, to select two individuals from the 20th AF to accompany him on his plane. Having had India service and with numerous service points, I was selected, along with a Corporal on an emergency situation to return to the States on his plane. We departed in Nov. 1945, via Hawaii, San Francisco and New York to terminate the flight. What a glorious way to return to the USA after having left the USA on a troop ship with 10,000 men."


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