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  • Chosin Reservoir

    One of the most dramatic Korean airlift episodes was the supply of the 20,000 beleaguered troops of the 1st Marine and U.S. Army 7th Infantry Divisions during their harrowing retreat from the Chosin (also known as Changjin) Reservoir late in 1950. Far in front of allied lines, outnumbered, cut off from land supply and suffering in the bitter cold
  • Capt. Lillian Kinkela Keil: Pioneering Flight Nurse

    Capt. Lillian Kinkela Keil was one of the most accomplished women in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and one of the most decorated women in American military history. Her work in aviation began in 1938 when Kinkela (later Keil), a registered nurse, was hired as one of United Airlines' first flight attendants. During World War II, she
  • Capt. John S. Walmsley Jr.

    Capt. John Springer Walmsley, Jr. served as a flying instructor in the United States and Japan throughout the 1940s. In June 1951 Walmsley went to Korea as a B-26 pilot in the 8th Squadron, 3rd Bomb Group. He completed 25 combat missions.On Sept. 14, 1951, Walmsley successfully attacked an enemy supply train. When he ran out of ammunition, he used
  • Ceasefire

    "We are pretty sure now that the communists wanted peace, not because of a two-year stalemate on the ground, but to get airpower off their back."- Gen. O.P. Weyland, Far East Air Forces Commander Facing increasing UN air power pressure, the communists finally signed a ceasefire on July 27, 1953, ending the fighting in Korea. The U.S. Air Force
  • Commitment Remains: U.S.-ROK Defense Cooperation

    "The Republic of Korea today was made possible by the noble sacrifices of the Korean War veterans."-Statement from Republic of Korea Prime Minister Chung Un-Chan and Former Prime Minister Lee Hong-KooThe legacies of the Korean war are lasting commitment to democratic ideals and steadfast action to stop aggression. In the decades since the war, the
  • Cleveland Tractor Co. Medium M2 Tractor

    This M2 Tractor, popularly known as a "Cletrac," is an example of one type of vehicle used at AAF bases during World War II for moving aircraft and heavy trailers. The Cletrac was particularly effective for moving vehicles or aircraft that had become bogged down in mud. The M2 has a gross weight of 13,800 pounds and a maximum drawbar pull of 7,000
  • Cpl. Vernon L. Burge

    Cpl. Vernon L. Burge became the first enlisted pilot three years after the Army bought its first airplane. He was Lt. Benjamin Foulois' mechanic on Signal Corps airplane No. 1 at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, in 1910, and Lt. Frank Lahm taught him to fly in the Philippines two years later. In August 1912, Burge received aviator's certificate No. 154 from
  • Col. Gene Raymond

    When Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Gene Raymond became convinced that the U.S. would someday be drawn into the war. At his own expense, he took flying lessons to become a pilot, and following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, he interrupted his motion picture career and accepted a commission as a first lieutenant. He
  • Celebrities in Uniform

    When the U.S. began re-arming for World War II, the vast majority of Americans believed it was not only a duty to serve their country, it was an honor. Among the millions who willingly went into military service were many celebrities from stage, screen, sports, radio and music. This display is devoted to a few of those notables.Click on the
  • Charles Alfred “Chief” Anderson

    A world-famous flier before World War II, Chief Anderson became the first African American to earn a commercial pilot license. In 1940 the Tuskegee Institute hired him as its chief flight instructor to develop its pilot training program. The U.S. Army Air Corps awarded Tuskegee the contract to provide primary flight training in February 1941.Chief
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