: Military orders from the U.S. Army Air Forces at Fort Hayes calling enlisted soldiers to active duty as of March 2, 1943. The Aviation Cadets on this list, including C. Walder Parke and Macklin M. Gwaltney, whose correspondence with Parke is part of this collection, would be sent to San Antonio, Texas to receive their assignments. At this point in time, Parke was still set to begin training as a pilot. Charles Walder Parke was born on July 28, 1924, and grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces in 1942 intending to be a pilot during WWII, but spent most of his military career as a navigator on B-17 Flying Fortresses in the 94th Bombardment Group. Parke earned two Bronze Stars, an Air Medal with several Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his successful bombing missions, including some over Berlin. He is best known for being on board a B-17 which was shot down over France by German planes on June 25, 1944, during a non-combat mission. The crew managed to make an emergency landing, and everyone inside survived. After the war, Parke founded the Cleveland-based Laurel Industries Inc., which became a prominent supplier of antimony oxide to the plastics industry. He died of Lou-Gehrig’s Disease on September 15, 1996, at the age of 72. View on Ohio Memory.
: MSS1510_B01F01_002_01 Subjects
: Soldiers--Travel; Military education Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio); San Antonio (Texas); Bexar County (Texas)