James Robert Icenhower

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Family Info: Parents: Eddie Alexander and Annie; Wife: Della; Children: John
Hometown: DeKalb, TX
Date Entered Service: September 17, 1942
Service Number: 18428116
Bomb Group: 462nd
Squadron: 768th
Location of Unit: India - April 1944
Missions Flown: 29
Hump Missions: 17
Targets: Shanghai, Bangkok, Hankow, Mukden, Cam Rahn Bay, Singapore, Saigon, Rangoon, Nagoya, Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Omuta, Toyohashi, Kure, Takamatsu, Chiba, Sendai, Utsonomiya, Namazu
Awards: Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with 5 Bronze Battle Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, 1 Service Stripe, 3 Overseas Service Bar
Service Schools: Airplane Mechanics School--Wichita Falls, TX; Electrical Specialist--Chanute Field, IL ; Boeing Aircraft School--Seattle, WA
MOS: MOS 685-Airplane Electrical Mechanic, Specialist; Left Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge: Staff Sergeant
Crew Type: Flight and ground crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-6360 (unnamed),42-24456 The Shrike
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Date Discharged: October 12, 1945
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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 About the 58th: Adventure like I never imagined. Meeting great fellow servicemen. Protection of God from harm.
Comments: Mr. Icenhower passed away April 29, 2007. He is buried at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, TX.

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