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Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Colonel Herbert E. Ross

Colonel Herbert E. Ross Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles Keller, August 13, 2018
1. Colonel Herbert E. Ross Marker
Inscription.  Colonel Herbert E. Ross was born in Stockton, CA, and attended the College of the Pacific from 1937-1940. He entered the Army Air Corps in 1940 as an aviation cadet. Receiving his Second Lieutenant’s commission and his pilot wings at Brooks Field, TX in 1941, he entered training for the P-40. He flew the P-36 and P-40 with his first tactical assignment at March Field, CA, as a member of the 14th Fighter Group.

As a WWII Ace, he downed nine enemy planes while flying 52 P-38 missions in North Africa. He was promoted to Lt Col in 1946.

The Korean Conflict brought recall to active duty in 1951, and he was initially assigned to fly the P-51 at George AFB, CA. He served a short tour with the 44th Infantry Division at Camp Cook, CA (now Vandenberg AFB).

Switching temporarily from fighters, Col Ross entered Combat Crew Training School at Langley AFB, VA to fly the B-26. He was sent overseas in 1953, winding up at Suwon AB, Korea, as commander of an F-86 Unit, the 80th Tactical Fighter Squadron. He remained in Korea for a year.

Back in the US, he was assigned to Foster AFB TX, flying F-100C aircraft. He
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was the first Director of Operations, 450th Fighter (Day) Wing. He received his regular Air Force commission here, and was promoted to Col in 1956 and later assigned as Commander of the 450th Fighter Group.

In 1958 he returned to George AFB as Director of Operations, 31st TFW, flying F-100D aircraft. He remained there until his assignment to the Pacific Air Forces in 1960. He was the PACAF Chief of Safety until 1961, when he became 39th Air Division Director of Operations, Misawa AB, Japan. In 1963 he became the Division Vice Commander.

In 1964 Col Ross was assigned to the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing as Vice Commander. Upon transfer of Col Franklin Scott in 1965, he assumed interim command of the 354th until the arrival of Col Harold F. Price, new Wing Commander in 1965.

Col Ross retired from the Air Force in 1967. He passed away on July 20, 2008.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, KoreanWar, World II.
Location. 33° 40.76′ N, 78° 54.948′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Harrelson Boulevard and Jetport Road, on the right when traveling north. Located on the Whispering Pines Golf Course. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Harrelson Blvd, Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least
Colonel Herbert E. Ross Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles Keller, September 11, 2018
2. Colonel Herbert E. Ross Marker
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel Richard (Rick) H. McDow (here, next to this marker); General Robert H. Reed (a few steps from this marker); Major General Ervin C. Sharpe, Jr. (a few steps from this marker); Colonel Michael G. Filliman (a few steps from this marker); Brigadier General Robert G. Jenkins (a few steps from this marker); Lieutenant General Joseph J. Redden (a few steps from this marker); Whispering Pines Golf Course (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General Harold L. Price (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 277 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 11, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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