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Corporal Roger Lovelace
Corporal Roger V. Lovelace



Military Record- Roger V. Lovelace

Joined (by enlistment) U.S. Army Air Corps (later to become U.S. Air Force) July 12, 1940.
Was trained and received certificates as: flight radio operator, aerial gunner, aerial gunnery instructor.
Served approx. two of 5 years service, overseas in England, during height of WWII.
Flew as a combat crewman on medium bombers, a total of 76 bombing missions over Europe.
Received the following decorations:

  1. Distinguished Flying Cross
  2. Air Medal with two Silver and Three Bronze Oakleaf Clusters
  3. Presidential Unit Citation
  4. Battle Ribbon European Theatre of War with Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters for:
          –Air Offensive Europe
          –Normandy
          –Battle of Northern France
  5. American Theatre of War Ribbon- 1 Battle Star
  6. African Middle Eastern Service Medal
  7. American Defense Service Medal




 

Discharged (Honorably) on July 15, 1945 at rank of Tech/Sgt.
That rank was held from Summer of 1942.

Roger was born in Washington State but he always felt strong family ties to the town of Cottage Grove [Oregon]. His grandparents came West from Missouri in the very early 1880’s. Grandfather, Francis Larkin Lovelace, built the family home at 8th and Gibbs. That building is still standing at this writing. Roger’s father Ralph and two of Ralph’s brothers were born in that house. Ralph was born there in 1889.
The grandparents later settled in the town of Coburg where they lived out their lives.

-Roger V. Lovelace, May 21, 1986

Combat Crew at MacDill Airfield
Close up of Combat Crew No. 13 at MacDill Airfield

Roger Lovelace second from left

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