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Towanda in Bradford County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

United States Air Force

Aim High...Fly-Fight-Win

 
 
United States Air Force Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 23, 2017
1. United States Air Force Marker
Inscription.

1909
1909 — US Army Signal Corps accepted its
first airplane from the Wright Brothers.

Named the 1st Aero Squadron a small group
of Army Airmen became the genesis of our
modern day Air Force.
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WWI
US Army Air Corps were mainly used for
aerial reconnaissance and were organized
into three categories;
Observation Squadron, Pursuit Squadron and
the Bombardment Squadron.

Brigadier General Billy Mitchell is known as
the father of the US Air Force.

Frederick Libby became the first US
American airman ace on 25 August 1916.
[while serving with Britain's Royal Flying Corps]
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WWII
Our Air Force of today during the period 1941-
1947 was known as the United States Army
Air Force.

The USAAF served mainly in the European
Theater but maintained a presence in the war
against Japan as well.

Participating in harrowing air battles as well
as the bombing of Berlin the US [Army] Air

Bradford County Veterans Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Bradford County Veterans Memorial Park
Force was
instrumental in bringing victory over the Axis
powers. VE Day 05/08/1945.

The USAAF bombing of Hiroshima
(08/06/1945) and then Nagasaki (08/09/1945)
brought an end to hostilities worldwide.
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Korea
1950, US civilian airlift fired upon by the
North Korean air force

June 1950, in order to stop aggression from
N. Korea the US commits aid to S. Korea

1951 USAAF [sic - USAF] F/86E's gain air superiority over
the N. Korean MIG's

Hostilities end 27 July 1953
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Vietnam
Bombing of Haiphong — Khe Sanh Operation
Niagara & Rolling Thunder
Bombing of the Ho Chi Minh trail
Close air support of ground troops
Operation Linebacker — Bombing of Hanoi
Operation Homecoming
End of hostilities April 1975
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1975 — 2015
Grenada — Beirut — Libya — Panama —
Gulf War Somalia

Bradford County Veterans Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Bradford County Veterans Memorial Park
— Haiti — Yugoslavia —
Philippines — Syria, Libya [Afghanistan]
and Iraqi Interventions —
2015, Hostilities ongoing
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Airman's Creed

I am an American Airman
I am a Warrior
I have answered my Nationís call
I am an American Airman
My mission is to Fly Fight and Win
I am faithful to a Proud Heritage
A Tradition of Honor
And a Legacy of Valor
I am an American Airman
Guardian of Freedom and Justice
My Nationís Sword and Shield
Its Sentry and Avenger
I defend my Country with my Life
I am an American Airman
Wingman Leader Warrior
I will never leave an Airman
behind
I will never falter and I will not
fail.
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Air Force Hymn

Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high into the sun
Here they come zooming to meet our
thunder
At 'em boys, Give 'er the gun!
Down we dive, spouting our flame from
under
Off with one helluva roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame. Hey!
Nothing can stop the U.S. Air Force!

Minds of men fashioned a crate of
thunder sent it high into the blue
Hands of men blasted the world a-
sunder
How they lived God only knew!
Souls of men dreaming of skies to
conquer
Gave us wings, ever to soar!
With scouts before and bombers galore.
Nothing can stop the U.S. Air Force!

Here's a toast to the host
Of those who love the vastness of the
sky,
To a friend we send a message of his
brother men who fly.
We drink to those who gave their all of
old
Then down we roar to score the
rainbow's pot of gold.
A toast to the host of men we boast, the
U.S. Air Force!

Off we go into the wild sky yonder,
Keep the wings level and true
If you'd live to be a grey-haired wonder
Keep the nose out of the blue!
Flying men, guarding the nation's border
we'll be there followed by more!
In echelon we carry on, hey!
Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!


 
Erected 2015 by Concerned Citizens and Organizations.
 
Location. 41° 45.715′ N, 76° 26.56′ W. Marker is in Towanda, Pennsylvania, in Bradford County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and U.S. 6, on the left when traveling south on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Bradford County Veterans Memorial Park, Towanda PA 18848, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Medal of Honor Recipients During the American Civil War (here, next to this marker); The War Ravaged Tree (here, next to this marker); The Quintessential Soldier (a few steps from this marker); Bradford County Roll of Honored Dead (a few steps from this marker); United States Marine Corps (a few steps from this marker); United States Navy (a few steps from this marker); Our Veterans' Workplace - The World (a few steps from this marker); United States Army (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Towanda.
 
Also see . . .
1. United States Air Force Official Website. (Submitted on May 13, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Air Force Historical Research Agency. (Submitted on May 13, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The U.S. Air Force Song. (Submitted on May 13, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, KoreanWar, VietnamWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 13, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on May 13, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2, 3. submitted on November 22, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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