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Post Commander's Residence

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2019
1. Post Commander's Residence Marker
Inscription.  M.Y. "Bo" Foster was born in 1911, in Richmond, Virginia, but grew up in part on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana near Glacier National Park. After graduating from Yale University, Foster hitchhiked back to Montana in the midst of the Great Depression where he joined the U.S. Forest Service.
Promoted to Major during WWII, he served as an artillery liaison pilot for the U.S. 36th Division in Europe, and was awarded the Silver Star for action in the air during the invasion of southern France. In 1945, Foster was selected to personally guard and fly captured Luftwaffe Reichmarshall Hermann Goering from Austria to Germany, a mission of great responsibility.
After WWII, Foster helped organize the 443rd Field Artillery Battalion at Fort Missoula, and then commanded the National Guard's 154th Artillery Group, rising to the rank of Brigadier General in 1953. He retired as Assistant Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard in 1971, remaining active in military history projects and local civic affairs.
 
Erected 2003 by Northern Rockies Heritage Center.
 
Location.
Post Commander's Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2019
2. Post Commander's Residence Marker
The marker is on the porch near the entrance.
46° 50.567′ N, 114° 3.418′ W. Marker is in Missoula, Montana, in Missoula County. Marker is on G Road near Fort Missoula Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26 G Road, Missoula MT 59804, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Commanding Officer's Quarters (here, next to this marker); Company Officers' Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Missoula Officer's Row (within shouting distance of this marker); Missoula's First Flight (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Missoula (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Missoula, Montana (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veuve Hall (about 300 feet away); Post Headquarters (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Missoula.
 
More about this marker. This marker and building are located on the grounds of Fort Missoula.
 
Also see . . .  Bo Foster: Missoula pilot who flew captured Nazi leader dies at 99 -- Missoulian. From his "Grasshopper," a tiny L4 Piper Cub observation plane, Foster spent five hours in the air relaying information to the command post on the Mediterranean and locating an inland field for others to land in. (Submitted on January 12, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 12, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 12, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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