Earl J. Dion

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Record 270/959
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Collection Winnebago County Historical Commission
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Gelatin print of Earl J. Dion.
Year Range from 1942
Event World War II
Year range to 1942
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Bust view of Earl J. Dion. He is wearing an officer's service uniform with Army Air Force insignia on the lapels and pilot's wings over his left breast pocket.
Earl J. Dion was born January 19, 1922 in Gregory, SD, the son of Anna Dion. His father died when he was four years old. He graduated from High School in Burke, SD and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. His mother moved to Oshkosh, WI in 1940 where she worked as a nurse at Mercy Hospital. Earl enlisted in the Army Air Force on December 27, 1940 at Ft. Snelling, MN. He trained at Lowery Field, CO and received his pilot wings at Santa Ana, CA on March 10, 1942. He was flying an escort mission in his P-38 "Lightning" from Cape Bon, Tunisia to Terni, Italy when he was shot down on August 2, 1943. He was seen to parachute from the plane, but he was never found. He received the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters posthumously in 1944.
Object ID P2005.20.92
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Dion, Earl J.
Print size 5" x 7"
Subjects Portrait photographs
World War II
United States Army Air Force
Missing in action
European Theater of Operations
Title Earl J. Dion
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