1 Oct. 1957 — Bolling Field VA
Leo Francis "PAT" Paul was born in Iowa City, Iowa on 16 Oct. 1915 and died in a Transport C-47 Crash on 1 Oct. 1957.
Col Leo F Paul was a highly decorated WWII Veteran who served in seven Pacific Campaign Theatres. 209 Combat Missions, (706 Hours!) THREE Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star, TWO Purple Hearts, an Air Medal. . . Fighter Pilot in the 5th Air Force.
Col Paul was assigned to the Staff of the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff. Col Paul leaves his wife Mary Lou and two children, their son Larry and their daughter ____ . *** Col. Paul's Decorations include THREE Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star with the "V", Valor device, the Air Medal, TWO Purple Hearts. ***
The Bronze Star Medal (or BSV) with "V" for VALOR is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration that was awarded to Major L."Pat" Paul for Meritorious Service, with the "V" for VALOR device for heroism. It is the fourth-highest combat award of the U.S. Armed Forces and the ninth highest military award (including both combat and non-combat awards) in the order of precedence of U.S. military decorations. Major Paul wears the Bronze Star with "V", the VALOR device, it is the United States military's fourth highst AWARD for Valor. (Oct, through Dec.1944)
The Distinguished Flying Cross; "Distinguished Flying Cross" Heroism or Extraordinary Acheivement while Participating in Aerial Flight. (See description below)
Col "Pat" Paul was a graduate of the University of Iowa.
Col Paul was from Iowa City, Iowa. Col Paul died in a tragic accident while on a routine C-47 training flight in 1957. The C-47 Crash was near Colesville MD. The cause of ithe crash is unsure... (It is thought it was a problem with the gas lines and/or gas supply). The other lost Officers were Col Willis F Bond and Capt. Wm O Rouse.
Photo's and stories will be coming from his proud son Larry Paul. 19 Aug. 2011
"Barbara Ennis Connolly WWII Historical Researcher PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com
And Patti Johnson, Historical Researcher and History Team Member. 19 Aug. 2011