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An Airman's Story: Lieutenant Colonel Robert H. Willis

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Lieutenant Colonel Robert H. Willis was born on 7 September 1886 to R. Henry, a teacher, and Jesse Willis.

He attended the Citadel, graduating in 1908.  He was first ordered to the 6th Infantry and on 1 January 1910, his unit deployed to Mindanao Philippines.

He was accepted into the Signal Corps Flight School and became a military aviator.

With the first Aero Squadron, he was stationed to Fort Sill OK, Fort Sam TX and to Columbus NM.  He flew during the Mexican Expedition, crashing twice. After one, releasing his plane was totaled, he set fire to it and walked 65 miles back to San Antonio with a broken ankle.

On 1 September 1918, he was ordered to become the Chief of Air Service of the Seventh Army Corps but died on 13 September from friendly fire.

General Pershing wrote a letter to his father, praising Lieutenant Colonel Robert H. Willis, referring to him as “imbued with the ideals of the true soldier”




An Airman's Story: Sergeant William P. Bostic

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Sergeant William Paul Bostic was born on the 5th of October 1917 to parents Samuel and Maggie.

Sergeant Bostic attended Ann Arbor high school and enlisted in the Army on the 28th of November 1940.

Ruth Buchanan, also known as “Aunt Ruth”, wrote to Sergeant Bostic.  In his letters he wrote of being tired of waiting to get orders, He also spoke of how enlightening travel is and of pestering his future grandchildren with stories.

He served in both the European and Pacific theaters.
After the war, he moved to California.