Jimmy Stewart, What Will We Remember About Him?

8 01 2014

Our WW2 vets are passing off the scene; most are in their 90’s. They are a part of the million man  Army that stopped threatening enemy forces on two fronts. The loss was extensive and the memories haunted the survivors. Few talked about their experience. Few know of the heroes. It is up to us to learn history and thank God for our freedom, carried on the shoulders and sacrifice of those who had gone before us. We need to remember that eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.

On June 6, 2014 we will remember the 70th anniversary of the largest invasion in the history of the planet. D-Day was a needed yet gutsy strategy that cost the lives of 1000’s. I will be leading an effort in our county to properly honor our remaining WW2 vets and teach our younger generation the stories of our true American idols. One of such is Jimmy Stewart. I minister to Air Force Reservists as an auxiliary chaplain and this story from an Air Force website caught my attention.

Pastor Dave

From the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force website

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BRIG. GEN. JAMES M. STEWARTPosted 9/18/2009

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On March 22, 1941, Jimmy Stewart was drafted into the U.S. Armed Forces. He was assigned to the Army Air Corps as an enlisted man and stationed at Moffett Field, Calif. During his nine months of training at that base, he also took extension courses with the idea of obtaining a commission. He completed the courses and was awaiting the results when Pearl Harbor took place. A month later he received his commission, and because he had logged over 400 hours as a civilian, he was permitted to take basic flight training at Moffett and received his pilot wings. During the next nine months, he instructed in AT-6, AT-9 and B-17 aircraft and flew bombardiers in the training school at Albuquerque, N.M. In the fall of 1943, Stewart went to England as Commanding Officer of the 703d Bomb Squadron, equipped with B-24s.

He began flying combat missions and on March 31, 1944, was appointed Operations Officer of the 453rd Bomb Group and, subsequently, Chief of Staff of the 2nd Combat wing, 2nd Air Division of the 8th Air Force. Stewart ended the war with 20 combat missions. He remained in the USAF Reserve and was promoted to brigadier general on July 23, 1959. He retired on May 31, 1968.

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