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The Original US Military Aviators - Reference Thread


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Wonderful photo of 1/Lt Joseph Dodge Park who earned his Military Aviator (MA) rating on May 7, 1913. Picture taken at the Signal Corps Aviation School at North Island, San Diego, CA. He was killed in an air accident two days later on May 9, 1913. Park Field, Millington, Tennessee, was named in his memory.

 

Cliff

Dredging up an old thread....

Was cruising around the Interwebs on Memorial Day weekend and came across this thread.

Thanks for this photo. Joseph Park is my great-grandfather and namesake (see the JP in JPW). He has a burial marker in NH. I recall meeting his sister Ruth as a very young child.

 

I don't have the electronic version, but there is a rather descriptive account of his final flight in his obit from the NYTimes in May 1913. From what I can remember from the obit -he got disoriented in the fog, landed next to an olive grove, saw a young girl and asked her to have her parents communicate with the field, took off again, and then was later found to have crashed into a hill.

 

Unfortunately, there is not much more family info to share other than the (apocryphal?) story that his son was an aviator in WW2 and died in a crash following discharge. My mom (born 1938) was adopted by Joseph Park's son as an infant and then was given her step-father's last name following her mother's remarriage.

 

Cheers and thanks again for the photo!

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I believe this photo includes a young Hap Arnold as well. He looks a great deal like the man shown earlier identified as a young Hap Arnold. I have no idea who else is in the photo or where it was taken. It is in an album from another WWI pilot I just picked up.

 

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November 1915 photo of the First Aero Squadron in Fort Worth, Texas. They were on the way from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. Left to right: Bowen, Carberry, Foulois, Milling, Rader, And Chapman.

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