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Vernice D. Widney


Vernice Widney, 1942

Recent Address:

1503 Cornwell, Apt. 104, Yukon, OK 73099

Email:

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Family Information:

Parents: William and Emma; Siblings: William, Earl, Clyde, Linnie

Hometown:

Fay, OK

Date Entered Service:

July 25, 1942

Service Number:

A0662408

Bomb Group:

444th

Squadron:

676th

Location of Unit:

 

Missions Flown:

18

Hump Missions Flown:

16

Targets:

Yawata, Palembang, Anshan, Okayama, Omura, Rangoon, Singapore, Bangkok, Mukden, Hankow, Kagi, Shinchiku

Awards/Decorations:

Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters,Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster,Philippine Liberation Ribbon,American Theater Ribbon,Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon,Overseas Service Bars (3),Presidential Unit Citations (2),WWII Victory Medal,National Defense Service Medal,American Campaign Medal,Air Offensive Japan,Western Pacific Campaign,Central Burma Campaign,India-Burma China Campaign

Service Schools Attended:

Carribean Defense Command Aug 1942-Mar 1943; Davis Monthan-Tucson,AZ Jun-Jul 1943; Boeing Aircraft-Wichita,KS Jul 1943-Mar 1944

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 1034-Navigator

Rank Upon Discharge:

Lt. Col.

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-24580 Undecided

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

November 11, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

Inactive Reserves 11/11/45 to 1/29/78

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Binger High School 1945 to 1948, Watonga High School 1948 to 1980, retired in 1980. Spanish Cove Retirement Village 1997.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I have great satisfaction in having served my country in time of war.

Comments:

 


Vernice Widney with his brothers and cousin.

 


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