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    1. ([ILLIVING])Memorial Day
    2. Richard Berkheiser
    3. Hi everyone! Sorry to start another thread of messages so close to a Surname Shout Out but with the lists being down the first part of the year it threw my scheduling off. Hope you don't mind... With this being the Memorial Day Weekend, I thought it would it be interesting to post one ancestor we have in our family trees who served in one of the many wars and battles we fought in US History. Obviously it has to be an ancestor from this county. :) Give a brief biography of that person including the unit and war he or she was in, a POW, injuries, plus the usual genealogical stuff. Thanks in advance and have a safe weekend! Rick B Admin

    05/27/2018 03:09:48
    1. ([ILLIVING])Re: Memorial Day
    2. gordondo
    3. Col. Donald M. Gordon, my father, was a career officer in the U. S. Air Force, when it was the Army Air Corp. This farm boy wanted to fly. His World War II service was in the Pacific mostly flying observation or reconnaissance missions. From his retirement notice . . . . "He received his commission on 4 March 1941 after completing Aviation Cadet Training. During World War II, he served overseas in New Guinea from 6 October 1942 to 9 April 1944 and China-Burma from 30 September 1944 to 28 September 1946, participating in the following campaigns: New Guinea, China Defensive, China Offensive, Asiatic Pacific, Solomons (Anti-Submarine Patrol), and Asiatic Pacific totaling 155 mission, 228 combat hours in the P-39, P-40, and P-51 aircraft. He has also served overseas in England from 6 November 1948 to 2 march 1952 and in Turkey from 1 January 1959 to 30 December 1961." After a widely varied career in the Air Force, he retired on 30 June 1966 from McCord AFB just south of Tacoma, Washington (now Joint Base Lewis McCord after merger with the Army’s Fort Lewis). The retirement notice lists a number of medals he earned. A modest man, I won’t list them here. He rarely talked about his war experiences though he kept contact with some of his war buddies who remained in service. He loved flying. Where ever we were and what his assignment, he never missed an opportunity to fly. While at McCord, he never turned down a chance to play the fox in flight training. He enjoyed using his bag of tricks to put the younger pilots through their paces. My lasting memory of him is watching him on the day before his last day in service getting one more flight in—swashing out to the car in his orange jump suit (the various pockets in the legs containing notepads and other flight essentials). He would have had stayed in the service, but retired to avoid putting the family through yet another move (about every 2 ½ years). He died 11 February 1994 in Tacoma having traded in an airplane for an RV. For the family history part, Col. Donald M. Gordon was born 5 September 1917 at Odell, Livingston County, Illinois to Edward Gordon and Gertrude Mills. Edward was a son of James Gordon and Lucy Jane Upham who settled in Livingston County in about 1872. In addition to Lucy’s child Ella, together they had four children—William, Edward, Sarah and Olive. All but Ella settled in Odell or near abouts. Edward married Gertrude Mills and with her had eleven children—Edith, Roger, John (Jack), Helen, Virginia, William (Bill), Donald (my father), Glenn, Lois, Gertrude and Howard (who died around age 12). Thanks for starting this. By next year, I will try to do my uncle Glenn. He had no children to do this for him. Donna Gordon -----Original Message----- From: Richard Berkheiser [mailto:ricksbookshelf@gmail.com] Sent: Sunday, May 27, 2018 2:10 PM To: illiving@rootsweb.com Subject: ([ILLIVING])Memorial Day Hi everyone! Sorry to start another thread of messages so close to a Surname Shout Out but with the lists being down the first part of the year it threw my scheduling off. Hope you don't mind... With this being the Memorial Day Weekend, I thought it would it be interesting to post one ancestor we have in our family trees who served in one of the many wars and battles we fought in US History. Obviously it has to be an ancestor from this county. :) Give a brief biography of that person including the unit and war he or she was in, a POW, injuries, plus the usual genealogical stuff. Thanks in advance and have a safe weekend! Rick B Admin _______________________________________________ ==== ILLIVING Mailing List ==== ILLIVING@rootsweb.com To contact the List Administrator: Rick Berkheiser, ILLIVING-owner@rootsweb.com _______________________________________________ Email preferences: http://bit.ly/rootswebpref Unsubscribe https://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/postorius/lists/illiving@rootsweb.com/ Archives: https://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/hyperkitty/list/illiving@rootsweb.com/ Privacy Statement: https://ancstry.me/2JWBOdY Terms and Conditions: https://ancstry.me/2HDBym9 RootsWeb is funded and supported by Ancestry.com and our loyal RootsWeb community

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