Milford W. Rickard

Recent Address: 18 Haven View Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141-7902
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Family Info: 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)
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Location of Unit: Dudkundi, India; Dec 1944
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Awards: Bronze Star, 4 Battle Stars
Service Schools: Finance OCS - Duke University, Durham, NC Feb-Jun 1944
MOS: Finance Officer Disbursing, Staff Finance Officer
Rank Upon Discharge: Capt.(1945) / Col. (1972)
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Date Discharged: Sep, 1944
Post WWII 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 About the 58th: Always proud to be a part of the 58th Bomb Wing and 20th Air Force, one of most effective crews in the military.
Comments:
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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