1945 — Pacific Theater WW2
HEADQUARTERS 13th AIR FORCEThe Philippines First Lieutenant Joseph J Shires, son of Mr and Mrs Walter A. Shires of Obion has recently been awarded a second Oak Cluster in lieu of an additional Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in several aerial combat, which took him over Japanese strongholds on Borneo, Formosa and the Philippines. Overseas seven months Lieutenant Shires is a navigator on a B-24 Liberator bomber of the "Bomber Barons" now based on Samar, Philippines. The group twice awarded Distinguished Unit Citation for spearheading "Jungle Air Force" aerial attacks on Woleai Island and Balikpapan, Borneo, has the record for the longest service of all the heavy bombardment groups in the Pacific. The "Bomber Barons" blasted the Japs in central, South and Southwest Pacific as well as in the China-Burma-India theater. In addition to the Air medal Shires wears three battle stars on the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon and the Philippines Liberation Ribbon with one star. Prior to his entry into the Army in April 1943, he attended the University of Tennessee.