Hamilton County

F/O Richard H. Furman




313th Bombardment Wing, B-29, Base, Tinian –(AP)—Two Iowans have been awarded the oak leaf cluster to the air medal and a third has been awarded the air medal, it has been announced here. The men are assigned to the job of bottling up Japan’s harbors with parachuted mines.

Those awarded the cluster were Lt. W. J. Christie of Ottumwa and Flight Officer Joseph F. Krogman, of Remsen. Flight Officer Richard H. Furman of Webster City won the air medal.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA, July 21, 1945


According to an associated press dispatch from the 20th air force head quarters on Tinian, Flight Officer Richard H. Furman of this city has been awarded an oak leaf cluster to the air medal.

Source: Webster City Freeman, Webster City, IA - Aug. 30, 1945

Given DFC

Flight Officer Richard H. Furman, son of Mrs. Susan Miller of this city, has been awarded the distinguished flying cross, the Freeman-Journal has been notified by 20th air force headquarters. Furman, based on Tinian, was one of three Iowans receiving the DFC for their part in the aerial offensive against Japan. The men were all members of the Sixth bomb group which had the lowest combat loss record in its wing.

Source: Unknown Newspaper, September 10, 1945

Richard Harold ‘Rich’ Furman was born Dec. 12, 1921 to Orville G. and Susan C. Zeihan Furman. He died Jan. 26, 2006, and is buried in Linwood Park Cemetery, Boone, IA.

Lt. Furman served with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a Flight Officer and was awarded an Air Medal and oak leaf cluster. He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Source: ancestry.com