Garfield County grad a decorated WWII hero
There was always hope that the clouds of war enveloping the world in the 1930s would not call the graduates of Garfield County High School. However, with the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, defense of the country became a reality. That reality inspired the enlistment of men and women from Garfield County into the armed services.Douglas Evan Dunsdon was one young man called to the war. Dunsdon, a 1936 graduate of Garfield County High School, enlisted with the United States Army Air Corps Jan. 24, 1942. By that August, he found himself in Alabama enrolled in a pilot’s pre-flight school. In Georgia in early 1943 Dunsdon reported for basic training. He studied flying, airplane and engine operations, radio communications, military law and meteorology. On April 29, 1943, Dunsdon received his pilot’s silver wings and commission as Second Lieutenant.Lieutenant Dunsdon began his overseas tour of duty in August 1943. Stationed in England with the Eighth Air Force, he co-piloted a B-17 Flying Fortress in 25 missions over Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe. On one mission his bomber, the “Royal Flush,” was so damaged by enemy fire that it took all of the aviation skills Dunsdon and his pilot possessed to return the craft and crew to England. As a decorated officer, now First Lieutenant Dunsdon received the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1944, as an instructor with the Combat Crew Replacement Center, he trained new bomber crews in airmanship and tactics.After World War II, Lieutenant Dunsdon returned to Garfield County. He raised a family and over the years looked back with pride upon his defense of the nation.”Frontier Diary” is provided to the Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Winter hours are 1-4 p.m. Mondays, and Thursdays through Saturdays.”Frontier Diary” is provided to the Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Winter hours are 1-4 p.m. Mondays, and Thursdays through Saturdays.
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