39th Bomb Group (VH)

Gunner's Badge


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Unit Citation
and Awards

arpuc.jpg [The Presidental Unit Citation]


Service Awards

apcm.jpg [The Asiatic-Pacfic Campaign Medal]
star1.gif [Bronze Star]

wwiivic.gif [The Victory Medal, World War II]

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Major Wetsel Daniel Waggoner
Airplane Commander
Born May 25, 1918 in Bucknell Indiana. He enjoyed sports playing basket ball and football. Desiring a college education he devoted himself to football and was offered a scholarship to Evansville University.

He enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in 1941; Separated from the service January 1947 at Mather Field, Ca

Offered a commercial pilot job with PanAm but turned it down

Returned to Evansville, Indiana to complete last year of college. Graduated with a BA in 1948.

He worked in the heating and cooling industryin sales most of his life, retiring as National Sales Manager from Westinghouse. He enjoyed golf but soon realized he could not play 24/7 so he returned to work for Calamc. He finally retired at the age of 74.

He married Pauline Greathouse they had one son Micheal; Wetsel and Pauline later divorced. Wetsel married Donna Mellor August 17, 1961. She had two children son Robert and a daughter Vickie from a previous marriage. Wetsel had 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Has endured some health problems for several years due to Parkinsons Disease and had been living in a Veteran's Admin Facility until his passing on November 8, 2004.


Capt Waggoner 314th BW plane
Capt Wetsel Waggoner pictured with the 314th BW plane
Photo courtesy of Waggoner Family
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Excerpts from letters Wetsel Waggoner sent home regarding his missions
Michael Waggoner can be contacted via email:
Source: Michael Waggoner, son