April 6, 1950
OBITUARY - CAPT. PAUL MAX McPHERSON
Capt. Paul MCPHERSON, son of Mrs. Corda MCPHERSON of Sigourney, was killed in
a plane crash in Arizona on March 23. A memorial service was held at Tucson,
Arizona on Tuesday, March 28 and the final services were held at the First
Baptist church in Mt. Ayr on Friday, March 31, conducted by the Rev. W. W.
STEINMETZ, pastor of the local Methodist church, assisted by the Rev. U. E.
BURROUGHS, pastor of the Mt. Ayr Baptist church. Burial was at the Mt. Ayr
[Rose Hill] cemetery, with Masonic and military rites at the grave.
Paul M. MCPHERSON, son of Marshall and Corda ROBERTS MCPHERSON, was born in
Ringgold county on October 20, 1920. He was graduated from the Delphos high
school in 1938 and took commerce training at the American Institute of
Business in Des Moines in 1940. After completing his training he accepted a
position in Des Moines, which he held until 1942, when he volunteered for
service with the U. S. Army Air Corps, and received his initial training at
Santa Ana, King City and Maher Field. Soon afterwards, he was graduated from
Ellington Field, receiving his navigation wings and second lieutenant's bar.
In March, 1944 he was called for overseas duty and took part in the Normandy
invasion on D-day serving with the 304th Squadron and the 442nd Troop Carrier
Group. He saw active service in the invasion of southern France and received
the Presidential citation for heroism in battle. In a mission over Holland he
was wounded by anti-aircraft fire but remained at his post of duty until the
mission was completed. His overseas service covered a period of 20 months.
Returning to the United States, he was stationed at Ellington Field and
Randolph Field. At Randolph he received his regular Air Force commission in
October, 1947 and was sent to the Lackland Air Force base in Texas.
On May 9, 1948 he was married to Frances Natalie IRVIN of Houston, Texas and
they went to Mather Field, California, where he was graduated from Radar
Observer's school in January, 1949. After graduation he was sent to Davis
Monthan Field in Strategic Air Command, where he served in the 65th Squadron,
43rd Bomb Group.
In March, 1949, Capt. MCPHERSON assisted in the refueling operations for the
history making round-the-world flight of the ship, "Lucky Lady" and was
stationed at Saudi, Arabia for this mission.
Capt. MCPHERSON received many citations for his services, including the Purple
Heart, the Air Medal with several oak leaf clusters, the Presidential citation
and the Victory Medal. He also received a letter of commendation for his
outstanding performance of duty while in England last fall.
He is survived by his wife; his mother; three brothers, Jess and Sam of
Hedrick and Hagen Farrell of Moneta, Virginia and five sisters, Mrs. Lola
GLENDENNING of Mt. Ayr, Mrs. Lena ABARR of Hedrick, Mrs. Ella FRY of
Sigourney, Mrs. Grace VANDIVIER of Elberon and his twin sister, Mrs. Pauline
FISHBURN of Washington. Preceding him in death were his father and one
Capt. MCPHERSON was a member of Auburn lodge number 592, A.F. and A.M. and
Elks lodge number 98, both of Des Moines. He was baptized on Easter Sunday in
1936 in the Baptist church at Mt. Ayr, where he held membership at the time of
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