William Mize died on this date 54 years ago. His gravestone transcription from Magnolia Park Cemetery, Warner Robins, Georgia:
PFC Co M 21 Infantry
World War I
April 14, 1902 - Jan 30, 1955
'HATCHETS,' 'LUCKY LADY' COMMENDEDUsing Ancestry, I found a couple of Stars and Stripes newspaper articles (Europe, Mediterranean, and North Africa Editions database) that seemed to also fit "my" Col. Dunning. The first was from 24 May 1952.
HQ., 14TH AIR FORCE - The "Flying Hatchet" fighter group and the "Lucky Lady" medium bombardment squadron have awarded Unit Citations for "outstanding performance of duty in action during the period of April 10 to May 15, 1945 when the Japanese attempted capture the airfield at Chinkiang but were defeated."
The Flying Hatchets fighter group is under the command of Col. John A. Dunning, San Antonio, Tex., and the "Lucky Lady" medium bombers are commanded by Col. T. Alan Bennett, Winter Park, Fla.
Among the next units to get the Thunderstreaks will be Col. John A. Dunning's 20th Fighter-Bomber Wing at Wethersfield. It is currently flying the Thunderjet, the plane which fought the bulk of the air war for the United Nations in Korea and was turned out at the rate of 10 a day during the height of that conflict by the same firm that is now tooled up for Thunderstreak production.I found all of this quite interesting. Of course, the information presented here is not "proof-positive" as to whether or not it applies to "my" Col. John A. Dunning. Do I have the right man? Further investigation would be required to properly answer that. I do think, however, all the timeframes fit rather nicely with the information on the gravemarker at Magnolia Park. Take it as you see fit.
The WATSON family has been a fixture in the town of Warner Robins (formerly known as Wellston), Georgia since its inception. Charles "Boss" Watson was the son of one of the town's first residents. When the town was incorporated as Warner Robins in 1943, C. B. Watson was named the first mayor. And he did so much more --
The following is from "The Faces of Houston County" --
Building Houston County: A Watson Family Tradition, Part 1
by Sherri Martin for the Local Builder, Summer 2007.
As the plans for the town took a dramatic turn, the Watson's family involvement in the growth of the city also grew... Charles Bostick "Boss" Watson was a local farmer and businessman, co-owning a mercantile business. And if that were not enough, he was also a county commissioner and served as a member of the school board. "Boss" donated the land to build the Sacred Heart Church, and donated the land for the C. B. Watson Elementary School. Clearly, Boss Watson's plans for the town were bigger than just a grocery store.
Boss Watson is also considered to be a main reason the Army built the Wellston Air Depot in Houston County in 1941. It is now known as Robins Air Force Base.
For more information and pictures of Charles "Boss" Watson and other Watson family members, please see Sherri Martin's wonderful article.
[Update 4 September 2016: I originally had Ms. Martin's article linked above, but unfortunately the website where I found it no longer exists.]
Odd Fellows, recognizing the need for a woman's touch and her helpfulness in carrying out the principles of Odd Fellowship, brought into being the Rebekah degree, founded upon the principles of faithfulness, hospitality, purity and dedication to the principles of the Order as portrayed by women characters of the Bible.Two more symbols I can now recognize and understand!
The degree was originally written for Brothers to confer on their wives and daughters and was considered an "Honorary Degree".
Later the Sisters were allowed to confer the degree on other Sisters, a ritual was adopted with the Sisters taking the parts. Rebekah Lodges were instituted and have continued to flourish.