A/C Harry Haigler - 14147907
A/C Harry Haigler, 14147901, was killed on a training flight 18 miles North East of Columbus, Ga. on December 24, 1943. His body arrived in Monroe December 27, accompanied by Cadet Paul Branch of Cochrau Field, Macon, Ga.
A full military funeral was held at Hopewell Church, Goose Creek Township, and interment was in the church cemetary. Rev. C. C. Burris, Rev. J. H. Armbrust and Capt. Toole of Camp Sutton officiated. Capt. Toole was accompanied by 14 soldiers from Camp Sutton who fired three salutes and sounded taps.
Survivors were his parents Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Haigler, three brothers M/Sgt. Joe B. Haigler, Cpl. Lenord Haigler and Earl Haigler, and two sisters Catherine and Mary Lynn Haigler.
Harry was born March 1, 1924, and therefore liked two months of being 20 years old. He attended school at Fairview and graduated from Monroe High School with the class of 1941. He was an active 4-H member and a member of F.F.A. and a member of Monroe High Basket Ball Team. He joined the Methodist Church at the age of nine years and was president of his Sunday School Class at the time of his enlistment.
Upon graduation from high school, he entered Kings Business College in Charlotte and after finishing there he was associated with Southern Frictions Materials Company of Charlotte.
He volunteered for service in Nov. 1942 and was sent to Miami, Fla. in Feb. 1943 and assigned to officers training in the Army Air Force. From there he was sent to Tenn. Polytechnic Iust. Cooksville, Tenn. Tence to Nashville, Tenn. where he was classified as a pilot. From there to Maxwell Field, Ala. thence to Douglas, Ga. and finally to Cochran Field Macon, Ga.
In memory of his service and sacrifice, the Silver Wings were presented to his parents by the Army Air Force through T. J. Hauley, Jr., Major General, U. S. Army Commanding.
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