Polk County

Oscar L. Glass





D. M. Flier Weds

Cadet Oscar Glass pictured in above photo at far right.

Two of the first three Iowa Negroes to be commissioned as pilots in the army air forces attended the wedding reception of one of their number Saturday night at the U.S.O. center, 1333 Keosauqua Way.

They were Second Lieutenants Luther Smith, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Smith, 901 Twenty-third st., and Joseph P. Gomber, 23, son of Mrs. P. J. Gomber, Iowa Falls, Ia.
Commissioned. These two and Second Lieutenant Maurice Esters, 22, of Webster City, Ia., were commissioned and received their pilot wings May 28, at Tuskegee army air field, Tuskegee, Ala.

Also present at the reception honoring Lieutenant Smith and his bride, the former Susie Butts, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Butts, 1404 Buchanan st., was Oscar L. Glass, 26, of Des Moines.

Glass, son of Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Glass of 1517 Second ave., is now a cadet at the Tuskegee air field.

Wear Medal.
All wear the expert aerial gunner medal.

Lieutenant Smith and his bride were married earlier in the evening by the Rev. E. M. Whaley, pastor of the Burns Methodist church, at the home of the bride.

The two met when Lieutenant Smith was taking the civilian pilot training course at the airport a year and a half ago.

“Grease Ball.”
Luther’s ambition to be a pilot dates back to his being the youngest “grease ball” at the airport when he was thirteen.

The Flier is en route to Ascoda air field in Michigan where he is to be stationed.

An older brother, Guy, is a special officer of the army intelligence in overseas service.

Source: The Des Moines Register, June 28, 1943 (Wedding Group photo included)