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Citadel News Service
14 Sep 2009

ROTC Detachment 765 to mark the Air Force’s 62nd birthday

Air Force Detachment 765 at The Citadel will mark the 62nd birthday of the Air Force on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Citadel alumnus and World War II veteran John Allison, Class of 1943, will be the guest speaker during the Air Force Birthday celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Greater Issues Room in Mark Clark Hall.

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Air Force Detachment 765 at The Citadel will mark the 62nd birthday of the Air Force on Thursday, Sept. 17.

A native of Albany, Ga., Allison was admitted to The Citadel in 1939 and was honorably discharged in 1942 to serve in World War II. He returned to The Citadel in 1946 as a veteran student and graduated in 1947 with a degree in business administration. After graduating, Allison returned to active duty. He retired from the Air Force in 1969 and became a commercial airline pilot. Now retired, Allison lives in Charleston.

Allison is the recipient of the Air Medal (13 times) with 5 oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross (three times) with oak leaf cluster and the Bronze Star. He also received the American and Pacific Theatre Ribbons and Victory Ribbons.

Col Doug Fehrmann, Class of 1983, will welcome Allison on Thursday.

“Detachment 765 is honored to have a Citadel graduate of Col. Allison’s stature speak to our cadets as we celebrate our Air Force’s birthday,” Fehrmann said. “Col Allison’s experiences in World War II and in the early years of the Air Force will provide a first-hand history lesson to The Citadel’s future Air Force officers.”

The AFROTC unit at The Citadel has approximately 125 cadets enrolled in its program and 10 active duty personnel. The Air Force ROTC department supports The Citadel mission of educating principled leaders and provides graduates the opportunity to earn a commission in the U.S. Air Force.

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