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An Airman's Story: Sergeant William Preston Bostic

Sergeant William Preston Bostic was born on October 5, 1917, in Detroit, Michigan.

Sergeant William Bostic attended Ann Arbor high school and enlisted in the US Army Air Services on November 28, 1940, in response to World War II. He was assigned to the Tuskegee Airmen and headed to Alabama for training and deployment orders.

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

He ultimately served in both the European and Pacific theaters.

After the war, Sergeant William Bostic moved to California and died on November 14, 2002. His ashes were scattered in the Garden of Remembrance at the El Toro Memorial Park in Lake Forest, California.


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