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Homer L. Burd

 

Homer Burd, 1943

 

Recent Address:

370 Meadow Drive, Bridge City, TX 77611

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Family Information:

Parents: Homer and Melinda; Siblings: Avis, Deana, Velvie, Reagan and Russell.

Hometown:

Henderson, TX

Date Entered Service:

July 15, 1942

Service Number:

38141315

Bomb Group:

468th

Squadron:

792nd

Location of Unit:

Salina, KS (1943)

Missions Flown:

13 missions to A-7. Flew all missions except combat. Restricted due to bad left eyesight.

Hump Missions Flown:

 

Targets:

 

Awards/Decorations:

Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, Bronze Star, Distinguished Unit Badge, Good Conduct Medal, North Africa Campaign Ribbon

Service Schools Attended:

Airplane Mechanic School Sep 1942; Aircraft Electrical School, Chanute Field, IL Dec 1942; Boeing Technical Training, Seattle, WA Feb 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

Maintenance Crew Chief

Rank Upon Discharge:

T/Sgt

Crew Type:

Ground crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

44-69701 (unnamed)

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

October 25, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Worked for local firm as "Home Appliance Repair Service" two years before moving to Orange, TX to begin work for Dupont Company. Retired from Dupont after 32 years as "Instrument and Electrical Maintenance Technician" in 1980.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

My heart is still saddened for the many friends and buddies we lost in this campaign. I know I was one of the "lucky" ones. For all of the men in the 58th wing from "latrine jockeys" to General LeMay, I have never known a better group of people. When we landed in Sacramento, CA from Tinian Island, I told someone I would not take a million dollars for my service experience, nor would I give 10 cents for another just like it. Just joking, of course. So long for now, and may we meet in "the Wild Blue Yonder". Sincerely, Homer L. Burd.

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Homer Burd, 2001

 


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