A Brief Bio
BORN: 28 April 1921 in McDowell County, Western NC, 8th of 16 children
MARRIED: Sybil C Hutchinsfrom Winston Salem, NC, in 1942. 65 years of
marriage as/of 14 Oct 2007. One child, Stephen Paul, died 6 June 1963, at age 19,
at the end of his second year as a student at UNC, Chapel Hill, NC.
EDUCATION: High SchoolDiploma 1937, Harris H.S., Spruce Pine, NC.
BS Degree, Mathematics & Science, 1942, Appalachian State T. C., Boone, NC
MA Degree, Mathematics, 1950, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
MILITARY SERVICE: 1942-1966, US Army Air Corps & USAF, Pilot Class 43-G.
Retired from USAF 31 January 1966, with 24 years service, in grade Lt. Col., USAF.
Pilot flying time : 4400 hours. Aeronautical rating: Command Pilot.
BOMBER AIRCRAFT FLOWN: Pilot B-24, 1943-1945. Pilot B-29, 1945-1947.
Aircraft Commander (Pilot) in SACB-47 aircraft for 8 years, 1957-1965.
COMBAT SERVICE: Pilot (Aircraft Commander) on 35 B-24 combat missions over
Germany, 1944-1945. Home Station: 445th Bomb Group (H), East Anglia,
Tibenham, England. Chain of Command : 701st Bomb Squadron, 445th Bomb Group,
2nd Combat Bomb Wing, 2nd Air Division, 8th Air Force, United States Army Air Forces.
WW2 COMBAT DECORATIONS: Distinguished Flying Cross (Awarded 1945).
Purple Heart (Awarded 2005). Air Medal w/4 OLC (Awarded 1944-45).
European Theater (EAME) Campaign Medal w / 3 battle stars (Awarded 1944-45).
CIVILIAN EMPLOYMENT: 1966-1986, 20 years as Professor of Mathematics,
Edison Community College, Fort Myers, FL. 2nd retirement, at age 65.
RESIDENCE: My wife and I have lived at our present home 14 years, since 1994.
We attend, and are members of Scott Lake Baptist Church, Lakeland, FL.
CHRISTIAN FAITH: We are both born-again Christians, saved by the grace of Jesus
Christ, our Lord and our Saviour.
PRESENT HEALTH : Excellent.
Written by PAULSWOFFORD, Lt Col, USAF, Ret.
(This Brief Bio was partially updated by Col. Swofford in 2008. It was originally prepared in 2005 to accompany a successful request for the Silver Star award.