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Marion Oliver "Bud" Rodgers
Bud Rodgers, WWII
Bud Rodgers, WWII
Recent Address: 115 E. Bolivar Street, Mexico, MO 65265
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Family Information: Parents: Pearl and Mary Lee; Wife: Betty; Child: Donald
Hometown: Hallsville, MO
Date Entered Service: March 2, 1943
Service Number: 37512587
Bomb Group: 444th Bomb Group
Squadron: 677th Bomb Squadron
Location of Unit: Dudkundi, India; November 15, 1944
Missions Flown: 10 combat missions; 1 photo recon mission
Hump Missions Flown:
Targets: Bangkok (2), Rangoon, Saigon, Kuala Lumpur
Awards/Decorations: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Asiatic-Pacific Service Ribbon with 4 Battle Stars for the India-China Campaign, Central Burma Campaign, India-Burma Campaign, and Air Offensive Japan, Good Conduct Medal
Service Schools Attended: Aircraft Mechanic School, Amarillo, TX Oct 1943; Boeing B-29 School, Seattle, WA Jan 1944; Armament School, Denver, CO Feb 1944
Military Specialty(ies): Tail Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge: S/Sgt.
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-24472 Sky Chief
Were you a POW? No
Were you interned? No
Date Transferred from the 58th:
Date Discharged from the 58th: October 30, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:
Enlisted as a Reservist in the Air Force, July 1950. Discharged on July 26, 1953. No active duty.
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Freight Truck Driver; Small Business
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Credit for damaging a Japanese aircraft during a bombing mission to Singapore, Jan. 11, 1945.
Comments:
Deceased on July 29, 1996.
Crew of the Sky Chief
The Crew of the Sky Chief
Bud Rodgers, 1996
Bud Rodgers, 1996

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