Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, April 17, 1944


City Has Five on Hero List From Pacific

Among those listed in an Associated Press dispatch Monday as flying heroes of the second year of war in the southwest Pacific theater were five Waterloo airmen and a sixth from Cedar Falls.

On the Waterloo list were:
Lt. Churchill T. Williams
Lt. James P. Hagerstrom
Lt. George R. Fisher, Jr.
Lt. Robert E. Ludtke
Capt. James W. Selzer.

The Cedar Falls flier honored was Capt. Roy W. Olsen.

Lieutenant Williams is holder of the Silver Star for gallantry in action. Lieutenant Hagerstrom has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and extraordinary achievement.

Lieutenants Ludtke and Fisher and Captain Selzer were listed as receiving the Air Medal for meritorious achievement.

Captain Olsen’s award was the Legion of Merit.

The story relates that more than 110 medals have been awarded to Iowans in the southwest Pacific theater, with the recipients accounting for 11,000 hours of combat flying.