A great uncle of mine just died in mid May at 94 years old. I knew he had been a pilot in WW II but that was about the extent of it. My mom sent me a copy of his obituary and I thought I would share part of it: His military record started in February of 1941, when he enlisted as a private in the Wyoming National Guard, one day before it was ordered to active duty. He served with the 115th Cavalry at Fort Lewis, Washington, until November of 1941, when he transferred to the Army Air Corps for pilot training. He attended Army flying schools in Texas and was graduated as a pilot and second lieutenant on July 3, 1942. His first duty as an Air Corps flyer was in Florida on a B-17 bomber for a combination of training and anti-submarine patrol. From there he went to Tucson, Arizona, for training in B-24 bombers and after duty as a flight instructor, flight commander and operations officer, left for England in February of 1944 with the 466th Bombardment Group from combat duty with the 8th Air Force. In England his first combat flight was as deputy group leader of an attack on Berlin. He flew a total of 30 combat missions over Europe, including 23 high-altitude bombing raids and seven on special assignment for support of the French Resistance. This latter consisted of low-altitude, single plane flights at night to deliver supplies and agents behind the lines to the French Resistance forces. After the war, the French Government awarded the Croix de Guerre, with palm, to the 801st Bombardment Group, with which he served, for its work in supporting the French Resistance (the Maquis). On release from active duty, he remained in the Air Corps receiver and was assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he took active duty assignments. He retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. Johnson's military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the European service medal with five battle stars, the Air Offensive-Europe, Battle of Normandy, Battle of Northern France, Battle of the Rhineland, and Battle of Ardennes-Alsace, and the American Theatre service medal, American Defense Medal, Airman's Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and World War II Victory Medal.