America Legion Post 60 Arlington Texas


The passing of another of our WW2 veterans is below. He will be interred at DFW National Cemetery on Monday 5-15-17 @10:30. Any vets available to attend will be greatly appreciated.

Samuel Eugene Francis Sr., enlisted in the Army Air Corps, 29 February 1944, at the Presidio of Monterey, CA He was designated an automobile mechanic, Tec5, and 10 January, 1945 joined the 5332nd Brigade, 124th Cavalry Regiment “MARSMEN” in Yunnani, China as part of the China-Burma-India theatre of operations. As one of three regiments that included the notorious Merrill’s Marauders, their efforts were instrumental in reopening the Burma road supply routes into China. After contracting severe malaria and other tropical maladies, he returned. 21 May, 1946 to the Fort Ord Regional Medical Hospital for recovery. He was later discharged from the Army, 25 December, 1946.

After recovery, he returned to Chico, CA to graduate high school. He then re-enlisted in the Air Force on 28 June, 1949 in Sacramento, CA. He served at Sheppard AFB, TX as an A&E Mechanic before transferring to Chanute AFB, IL as an AP Electrical Mechanic and subsequently as SSgt, Technical Instructor. He was discharged from the Air Force, 8 September, 1953, but immediately returned to work on Chanute as a civil service Technical Instructor for another 25 years. He taught missile system electrical systems and the making of liquid oxygen/nitrogen fuels for the missiles. Following his retirement, he held positions as Plant Maintenance Manager for Solo-Cup and Combe Labs, as well as working independently as an electrician.

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