|Recent Address:||374 South East 16th Street, Melrose, FL 32666|
|Family Info:||Grandparents: Charles and Minnie; Wife: Nina; Children: Thomas, Kay|
|Date Entered Service:|
|Location of Unit:||Herington, KS; November, 1944|
|Targets:||Bangkok (2), Formosa, Singapore(3), Rangoon, Kobe, Nagoya, Hamamatsu, Tokyo, Osaka(4), Kawanishi, Omuta, Kagamigahara, Okayama, Kure, Takamatsu, Chiba, Utsonomiya, Namazu, Fukui, Tsu, Hachiogi, Yawata, Hikari|
|Awards:||Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal with 4 Bronze Loops, American Campaign Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star for participation in Anti-Submarine Campaign, WWII Victory Medal, Distinguished Unit Emblem with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster,
Aviation Badge, Aerial Gunner, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 1 Silver Service Star for participation in Air Offensive Japan, China Defensive, Central India-Burma and Western Pacific Campaigns
|Service Schools:||Army Air Forces Technical School September 1942; Gunnery School March 1943; Radio Mechanic Ground Equipment CRS November 1950|
|MOS:||Org. Supl. Spec 1, Mech. Gunner|
|Rank Upon Discharge:||M/Sgt|
|Crew Type:||Flight crew|
|Airplane Serial No.& Name:||42-24873 Snuffy|
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|Date Discharged:||October 9, 1945|
|Post WWII Service:||Royal Canadian Air Force, Ohio National Guard, Citizen's Military Training Camp|
|Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s):||Electric ARC, Gas and Aircraft Welding Operator, Farmer & Auctioneer|
|Thoughts About the 58th:||
I can only give you information of how my father relayed his feelings about his service with the 58th Bomb Wing. My father often spoke about the war and the men he served with. His heart was full when he recalled the close family-like relationship he had with the other crew members. They were happy, sad, hurt and many other emotions which they shared as a group. If one was hurt, the other would be there for him, and if one was in trouble, the other members of the crew were right there to help.
They had no doubt that this was a mission for which they were trained. It was their job and one they were proud to do to its completion. They had a pride in America and what it stands for. They did not have doubts as to whether or nor they should be there. They knew what threat had been placed on the American people and that they had been sent to help resolve the problem. The war made him grow in a very different way than he would have if he had not been in the Air Force.
It not only gave him a pride in America but also gave him a future that proved to be promising. He did a great many things during his time in the Air Force and the 58th gave him a prelude to the future that he could not have foreseen. He would be involved in SAC when it was formed and he would also be involved with the first around-the-world, non-stop flight of the Lucky Lady.
I cannot express enough just how much pride he had as a member of the 58th Bomb Wing group. He often told us stories about the times that he was overseas and the many things that he and his crew used to get into, both good and bad. This made my father what he was, a fine, intelligent, well-informed, well-educated man that was beneficial to all that he came in contact with during his life.
The B-29 was an important part of his life and he was proud to be a part of the B-29 Fifi. He worked with the group by following it around the United States and helping to inform others about just how much this aircraft had meant to the completion of the war. It also gave him a chance to help instill a pride in America and its many accomplishments.
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